Should Aaron Ramsey Be Benched For Southampton Game? Pros And Cons

Arsenal take on Southampton in their next outing which will be 1st vs 3rd, but here are the pros and cons of leaving Aaron Ramsey out of the starting 11 for the fixture.

Pro: Burnt out

Remarkably, Ramsey has already made 18 appearances this season in all competitions, which is remarkable considering it’s only November. He is still only 22 years of age, which is notably young, and could be in danger of burning himself out.

It is a long season and being involved in everything may hinder his form or ultimately injure the Wales international.

Con: Energy

Southampton are a side who love to press opponents high up the pitch and in packs, while Arsenal enjoy sitting on the ball, so it will be interesting to see how the two teams compare. The huge con for taking Ramsey out for the tie with the Hampshire club is the energy that he provides.

His enthusiasm to chase the ball will be crucial against the Gunners, as neither Mathieu Flamini or Mikel Arteta have the stamina to do so for the entire game.

Pro: Flamini

The return of Flamini is a huge boost for the Emirates side. The way he sits in front of the defence, cleaning everything up for Arsene Wengers side is magnificent to watch. The absence of Ramsey would mean that Flamini would be taking up his natural role, which is never a bad thing.