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Aaron Ramsey is being touted to replace Cesc Fabregas as Arsenal's creative engine
It was never going to be an easy feet replacing a player that lead the league in assists every year without fail—why Wenger hasn't yet addressed that issue by buying a like-for-like replacement is a story for another day.
Arsene Wenger's team has continuously been heralded as one of the most entertaining teams in England on account of their quick-passing game, coupled with creative lurks into the opposition half by way of a cheeky through ball or quick counter-attack. This though, was lacking against Udinese.
What was glaringly apparent in Tuesday night's game was Arsenal's lack of creativity.
Aaron Ramsey has been tipped by both Cesc Fabregas himself and Arsenal fans world-over to replace the ex-Arsenal captain at the heart of the attack. Though early-career glimpses prove he may yet live up to the billing, last night proved that at least for the moment, the Welshman still has some way to go.
He provided an inch-perfect cross for Walcott in setting up the first goal, and sprayed several beautiful passes throughout the pitch against the Italians. However, a polished final ball was clearly lacking, as his attempts at cutting open the opposition defense were mostly dealt with relative ease.
Jack Wilshere is often seen as the perfect all-round midfielder. However, given his versatility and defensive qualities, the young Englishman is expected to continue on where he left off last season—playing as a deep-lying playmaker deputizing for defensive midfielder Alex Song during his forward ventures. Unfortunately, it is a position seen by many Arsenal fans as one that curtails his natural offensive influence on games.
Though the partnership of Wilshere and Ramsey may solve the creative crisis once the Englishman recovers from his injury, it is clearly evident that so far, Fabregas' void has yet to be filled.