Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey made his first start for the Gunners in a month, and had a mixed outing against Bournemouth, not doing enough in the final third and missing chances as he roamed higher up the pitch, but played his part in helping Arsenal turnaround a 3-0 deficit in the last 20 minutes of the game.
Ramsey also got into a verbal spat with Alexis Sanchez early in the second half, not something Managers like to see out on the pitch, but perhaps it was just what Arsenal needed as their players attempted to rally themselves after a very poor opening hour.
The Welsh midfielder, who is still searching for his best form, shared after the game, “It shows we’re prepared to fight until the end. That’s the message we hope to give out but it’s going to be difficult now. There’s a long way to go so hopefully there will be some more twists and turns.”
Ramsey of course refers to Arsenal now finding themselves 8 points behind Chelsea in the Premier League standings, with the Blues capable of extending that lead into double digits with a win away to Tottenham tomorrow. Arsenal also failed to close the gap sufficiently on Liverpool and Manchester City ahead of them and could face the ignominy of dropping out of the top four should Spurs instead beat Chelsea – a no win situation for the Gunners.
An injury for Francis Coquelin in today’s game and Mohamed Elneny’s departure for the Africa Cup of Nations means that Ramsey may well need to play again this weekend when Arsenal continue their prolonged road trip with a visit to Deepdale to take on Preston North End, before the Gunners then head to Wales where a newly buoyed Swansea City await.