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Stoke fans sing grim Aaron Ramsey song

Injury

Stoke fans once again subjected Aaron Ramsey to vile chants when they faced the Gunners this weekend, and made it very clear their issues with the player – who of course suffered a horrific injury when playing the Potters – had not gone away.

The chants were of course rightly condemned by the majority of football fans, and certainly didn’t put the club in a good light while they’re looking to stay in the Premier League.

Xhaka

After the win, Xhaka spoke about his role in the side when Wilshere and Ramsey play, and noted he has to be a bit more defensive – and noted that the two players are quality and are a key part to the team.

“When I play with those two, I’m a bit deeper, basically just in front of the defence,” he said.

“Jack and Aaron like to go forward, to get into the box, whereas I’m happy to stay back and build the play from a deeper area.

“In the past it’s worked well, even if we haven’t had the results to back that up, and in the AC Milan games, we combined well together.

“Mo [Elneny] likes to sit quite deep sometimes, and think from a defensive perspective.

“Jack and Aaron naturally go forward more. But we all have our qualities and always try to help each other out.

“I’ve always said that to be successful, you need all 11 players, plus those on the bench and those in the squad.

“You can’t just win a game because two or three players have a good game. You have to work together as a unit, both in defence and in attack. I think we’ve become stronger defensively because we’re all really focusing on what we need to do.

“Everyone knows that we have a lot of quality going forward, but at the moment I think we’ve got that balance and we need to keep that.”

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 10: An injured Jack Wilshere of Arsenal reacts during the Carabao Cup Semi-Final First Leg match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on January 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Future

The future of Ramsey is of course in doubt, along with Wilshere given both have contracts that expire soon, and will be free to talk to other clubs.

That of course means that the Gunners have to of course negotiate new deals – and currently it does not seem to be going well, with Wilshere stating that plenty more needs to be discussed and Wenger admitting he’d like the player to stay if it was up to him.

 

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