Aaron Ramsey is gradually finding his way into the Arsenal midfield, but his glaring miss at City proves that he still doesn't know where the goal is.
As Arsenal were edging closer to ruining Manchester City's title dream last Sunday, after Mikel Arteta's thunderbolt and after Mario Ballotelli committed career hari-kari, we broke the City defence again and were on for a second goal, the icing on the cake, the salt in City's wounds. Aaron Ramsey brought the ball forward, set himself, and blasted it over the bar. He was right to take the shot on too. Van Persie was square in the middle, but Ramsey was perfectly placed to hit the top corner. He had to score. He had to at least hit the target! The finish was dreadful, unforgivable, even given the fact that we won the game.
Arsenal's midfield is quietly becoming great again. Alex Song has turned into an excellent deep lying playmaker, Tomas Rosicky is finding the form that once made him one of the most sought after midfielders in Europe and Mikel Arteta has provided the consistency and workmanship that Arsenal have been crying out for. But, with the exception of Arteta, not enough goals have come from midfield - we're still yet to see Rosicky launch his trademark hammer shot from long range. Aaron Ramsey more than anyone needs to learn where the goal is, when he does that he'll be Arsenal's most important player.
Ramsey needs those goals, 10 a season, and then Arsenal will be championship contenders again
Next season the competition for places in Arsenal's midfield is going to be ferocious with Abou Diaby and Jack Wilshere returning from injury. Both of those players have an eye for goal, and a fit Jack Wilshere especially is the first name on Arsenal's team sheet. Aaron Ramsey is great at looking for space, at offering options all over the park, at passing consistently and covering every blade of grass in the 90 minutes, but he needs those goals, 10 a season, and then Arsenal will be championship contenders again.
Tonight Arsenal have a real chance to pass Wolves off the park and put them to the sword in the same way Manchester United did when they went to Molineux. Buoyed by the win at City, determined to put 5 points between them and Tottenham and Newcastle, they could take advantage of a Wolves team who've looked resigned to relegation since Mick McCarthy was unceremoniously sacked. Karl Henry faces a late fitness test, and whether he starts or not tonight will have a massive impact on the way the game is played. If Wolves line up tonight without the bite of their captain in midfield, then it's the perfect opportunity for Ramsey to get forward, get in the box, and just hit the f**king target!
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