Posted on Tuesday, 25th January 2011 by Chukwuma Echezona
When Aaron Ramsey was recalled back from his loan spell earlier this month from Nottingham Forest, I was pleased to say the very least. However, one did wonder if he returned to Arsenal a little prematurely.
Personally, I felt the Welsh midfielder needed more competitive games under his belt, after only managing to feature 5 times for the Championship side. Another thing that crossed my mind when Ramsey returned was – would he beat Jack Wilshere to a starting role? Both players are wonderful young talents, but I want to know from all Arsenal fans reading this, which youngster has the brighter future at the club?
Aaron Ramsey joined the Gunners from Cardiff City for approximately £5 million in 2008, which indicated to me that Wenger saw a huge amount of potential within him to splash such cash on the youngster. Ramsey was so impressive that he was labelled the next Cesc Fabregas, after scoring a beautiful goal in his last F.A Cup match against West Ham before sustaining his leg-break.
The Welsh international possesses great passing ability, knows his position well, and above all, is technically gifted for his age. Ramsey is an attack-minded footballer, who likes to use his abilities to assist his team-mates in scoring goals. In the past, Arsene Wenger described the midfielder as ‘offence-minded Roy Keane’ and an ‘all-round player, with a fantastic ability to cover distances.’
The Welshman’s Arsenal record currently stands at 51 appearances (in all competitions) 5 goals and 6 assists. Ramsey recently joined Cardiff on a one-month loan, which had me jumping for joy. This move will no doubt help the midfielder regain his full fitness, confidence, and give us fans a chance to see what he can do before the season concludes.
However, Jack Wilshere, who everyone thinks is the next big thing at Arsenal (including myself), possesses superb technical ability as well. The 19-year-old is not afraid to get stuck into the opposition, and has a professional approach to the game. The one major difference between the two youngsters is that Wilshere is more defence-minded than Ramsey.
Currently, Wilshere seems to be indispensable to Arsenal. He has clearly played a vital role in our last six games; in fact, make that this season. Remove him from the side and see the result. Unquestionably, his loan move to Bolton last year aided his progress within the Arsenal squad. He has managed to participate in 20 out of 23 Premier League games so far, as well as feature in domestic cup and European games.
Wilshere can play in a number of positions, these being, attacking midfielder, winger, and even as a defensive midfielder. Wenger has described Wilshere as ‘a box-to-box player, more than just a holding midfielder. But to be honest, he can play anywhere in the midfield even behind the striker.’ Wilshere’s Arsenal record currently stands at 43 appearances (in all competitions) 3 goals and 8 assists.
So, who has the brighter future? It’s a tough one to call. Both players have unbelievable talent for such tender ages, and to think that they can only progress is frightening to say the very least. Their Arsenal records are also very similar. Nonetheless, as long as they remain part of Wenger’s plans, the real winner will be Arsenal football club. No doubt, both youngsters have bright futures ahead of them, and could possibly be the next midfield partnership for the Gunners in the long-term future.
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