Midfielder career at crossroads: Three things we learned about Arsenal against Man United
By Dominic Toner
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Arsenal’s 1-1 draw against Manchester United in Saturday’s Premier League match at Old Trafford.
Ramsey form could see him axed
Aaron Ramsey once again delivered another poor performance on Saturday and his Arsenal career has certainly stalled in recent seasons. The Welshman played the full 90 minutes against United and offered nothing going forward, meaning that his place in the side is under serious threat. Ramsey is without a goal in his six appearances this season after missing the early stages of the season with a hamstring injury. He only managed six goals in the entire of last campaign and is failing to perform under Arsene Wenger. His best goal return for Arsenal was in the 2013/14 season, when he scored an impressive 16 goals in just 34 games across all competitions. The Gunners are blessed with several talented midfield options and Ramsey could easily be cut adrift behind the likes of Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Granit Xhaka, Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny. Ramsey was up against determined full-back Antonio Valencia for United on Saturday and did not look like beating him once. The midfielder looked a completely different player for Wales in their surprise run to the European Championship semi-finals and needs to match that level to be involved in Arsenal’s starting XI.
Jenkinson can fill Bellerin void
Carl Jenkinson had already been written off by several fans before the United game and he showed a certain level of maturity on his return to the side. The 24-year-old did not offer the attacking threat of regular choice Hector Bellerin, who has been sidelined for a month with injury, but did do his defensive qualities well. The Gunners attack were well off the pace on the day and Arsene Wenger should be alright to trust Jenkinson in their next game against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Alex Oxalde-Chamberlain replaced Jenkinson in the 83rd minute and delivered a stunning cross which allowed Olivier Giroud a late equalising goal, but Wenger will have been impressed with defensive qualities shown by Jenkinson.
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Giroud must play more under Wenger
French attacker Olivier Giroud once again came off the bench to score again United, with a bullet header in the 89th minute. He has proved himself time and time again to be a clinical finisher and must be given more minute by Wenger. The Arsenal attack were poor against United and hugely missed the presence of Giroud up top. The striker has now made nine appearances this season and scored four goals, which is even more impressive considering he has completed 90 minutes on just one occasion.
In other Arsenal news, the player ratings from the draw against United on Saturday.