Aaron Ramsey and 4 Other Reasons for Arsenal to Be Positive
However, there is plenty for Arsenal fans to be positive about. This has, after all, been a season of progress.
In this article, we look at five reasons for Arsenal fans to feel good about their club—including the superb performances of a certain Welsh midfielder.
Aaron Ramsey's Excellence
Aaron Ramsey has been utterly brilliant this season. Across all competitions, he has amassed 14 goals in 32 appearances. Four of those appearances have been from the bench, meaning his ratio of goals to starts is precisely 1:2. Most strikers would be proud of those numbers. For a midfielder, they're simply outstanding.
Ramsey's performances are heartening, especially in light of his injury troubles. They also give cause for hope ahead of next season: If the Welsh midfielder can remain fit, his all-action displays could help Arsenal launch a more sustained title challenge.
Mesut Ozil's Likely Improvement
Mesut Ozil has enjoyed a solid start to his career in England. However, next season he could be spectacular.
With his period of adaptation now complete, Arsene Wenger insists he could be a contender for Player of the Year next season.
Wenger told The Guardian:
Mesut had a period where he was tired because he was not used to playing through the [English] season. Before he got injured, he had a period where he was a bit jaded. But he is a fantastic player and I would put him on the list to be player of the season next season.
The first season is the season in which you adapt and then you know what will happen and you go into it. I believe he will know better his partners, he will know better the league and the potential is absolutely fantastic. The improvement will be in goals, assists and his presence in the game.
The prospect of Ozil's improvement is mouthwatering for all Arsenal fans.
Money to Spend
Arsenal will need reinforcements if they're to mount another title challenge in 2014/15. The good news is that they have significant resources available to fund that assault on honours.
Arsenal's commercial income has been swelled by new deals with Puma and Emirates. That ought to translate to high-profile arrivals on the pitch.
Theo Walcott's Return
In recent months, Arsenal fans have lamented the side's lack of pace in attack. When Theo Walcott returns from his cruciate ligament injury, he could single-handedly fix that problem.
Arsenal have badly missed Walcott's pace and finishing. His return at the start of next season will provide an enormous boost.
The FA Cup Final
Arsenal still have a great occasion to look forward to this season: the FA Cup final against Hull City.
The Gunners have not won a piece of major silverware since they last lifted the FA Cup in 2005. Nine years on, a trophy win would prompt quite the party in North London.
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