Midfielders old and new could combine for devastating results for Arsenal next season, as Arsene Wenger chases his first Premier League title in 12 years.
Though often a joy to watch in full flow, Arsenal have often been derided for their perceived ‘soft underbelly’ against more physical teams.
Though the impressive transition of Francis Coquelin from full-back to defensive midfielder helped give the Gunners some much needed steel in the so-called engine room, their midfield as a whole has often emphasised flair over graft.
Welsh star Aaron Ramsey looked to be well on his way to becoming their answer, before a myriad of devastating injuries curtailed his career. Having re-established his fitness and place in the team, Ramsey now stands a fighting chance of fulfilling his undoubted potential.
Judging by WhoScored.com’s latest Euro 2016 statistic, Ramsey is stepping up for country as well as club.
The 25-year-old has won possession more times in the middle of the pitch thus far than anyone else in the competition. In second place?
Arsenal’s latest signing, Granit Xhaka.
Aaron Ramsey: Has won possession in the middle third more times (22) than any other player at Euro 2016; Granit Xhaka second (20)
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) June 29, 2016
Though an impressive contribution from Arsenal’s £30m signing, Xhaka will be unable to add to his tally due to his Swiss side’s loss to Poland on penalties in the last 16.
Nonetheless, the prospect of the two playing at the Emirates come August and beyond along with more potential recruits and established Gunners is something to look forward to.
Can't wait to see Ramsey and Xhaka play with Özil just in front. Likely to be the starting 3 after this tournament.
— GoonerViews (@GoonerViews) June 25, 2016
Can there be a referendum on starting 12 players instead of 11 so we can play Ozil, Ramsey, Xhaka and Wilshere in the same midfield?
— Arsenal Report (@ArsenalReport) June 25, 2016
Biggest worry is an injury to Wilshere would kill the balance that we could have with Wilsh/Xhaka/Ramsey, but Özil playing wide solves that.
— Dezil Dez (@DezilDez) June 23, 2016
Özil, Ramsey & Xhaka (2) have all won man of the match awards at #EURO2016. Form-idable.
— The Arsenal (@DareToWenger) June 21, 2016
Ozil, Xhaka and Ramsey in the same midfield. pic.twitter.com/iqcDb0UrNL
— Kick Arse (@kickarseHD) June 21, 2016
Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Özil masterclasses all within three days of each other. The understanding is already there.
— Cefnogwr Cymru (@BundesLlew) June 21, 2016
Xhaka – Ramsey pivot to win us the league next season, I've seen the light.
— Q. (@MesutTekkers) June 21, 2016