The just concluded football season in Arsenal’s light could be dubbed Ramsey’s season. The Welsh midfielder was on fire from start to finish though having his season interrupted midway owing to injuries. But despite the injuries, he finished the season with 17 goals and 7 assists in all competitions. For Arsenal, it is a good omen but for fellow midfielder Jack Wilshere, I believe it is a wake up call and could serve as a motivation for him next season. Just like Ramsey, Wilshere is a box to box midfielder and a second defensive midfielder in Wenger’s 4-3-3 formation that requires the presence of a double pivot.
With Ramsey’s showing this season, Wilshere has a huge battle on his hands if he is to enjoy regular first team football. He would need to raise his game to stand a chance of usurping Ramsey. That is not going to be a mean feat if you ask me. Firstly, he will have to stay fit. Ramsey could achieve all that because he had a regular run in the team from the latter stages of the penultimate season running into the just concluded season. Wilshere would have to stay fit so as to enjoy a good run of form.
Also, Wilshere would have to add goals to his game. What stood Ramsey out last season besides his tackles and assists were his goals, the most crucial been the ones that gave us victory at Signa Iduna Park in the crucial Champions League match against Dortmund and the goal that sealed the FA Cup win against Hull. Wilshere also scored his fair share of goals this season but compared with Ramsey’s goalscoring feat, it’s nothing. He needs to step up and do more.
Wilshere has the ability to do all these and should he match it, the Gunners would be having two rampaging box to box midfielders and that means energy on the field and more energy off the bench. With his World Cup participation, he might miss the pre-season, depending on how far England goes but he really needs to stay fit to achieve that feat.