Did Wenger make a huge error playing Ramsey against West Ham?

By Avenell Dave

Beating West Ham and returning to the top of the table should be a reason for celebration for all Arsenal Addicts.

We may have made heavy weather of it and ridden our luck at times but we came away with three points on the road and our impressive away record continues.

We've fought our way out of a mini slump and although it may not have been pretty at times - and we were indebted to West Ham's forward players leaving their shooting boots at home - a win is a win is a win.

It was great to see Santi Cazorla back to his best and showing why he is such an important player to our attacking play.

Theo Walcott has a good record against the Hammers and showed once again that when he is given chances, he will take them (even if he missed a simple one in the first half).

And Lukas Podolski showed that he is clinical and a potential game-changer and someone who should be chomping at the bit to get involved in our season after months on the sidelines.

When you think that we still have Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to come back as well, it's an exciting prospect.

Much has already been said about Olivier Giroud's dip in form.

We know he is a great link-up player and that he has a physical presence that unsettles other sides.

We also know that he is a good player to have but never the world class forward we so desperately crave.

I watched Thierry Henry's best 100 goals over Christmas and when you see a guy who often runs half the field or more before putting the ball in the back of the net, you realise that it's something Giroud just cannot do due to a lack of pace, let alone skill.

Don't get me wrong - I am delighted we have him but a clinical and pacey finisher MUST be a priority in January, if we can find someone of suitable talent and willingness to move in a World Cup year.

There's also been a lot of debate about whether Aaron Ramsey's injury was Arsene Wenger's fault for playing the Welshman too much.

Yes, the squad had nine days off and that isn't enough rest especially for a player like Ramsey whose form has dipped as his engine has run out of fuel.

But equally, by rotating him for a game or two, does that make any more of a difference if a player has recently had the afore-mentioned nine day break?

Of course Rambo could be rested at times and maybe in hindsight, that beautiful thing, he could have been replaced by Flamini at Upton Park.

But he may well have been rested and replaced by Jack Wilshere, returning to the squad after suspension against Newcastle no doubt, in any case.

The very fact that Tomas Rosicky was rested shows that the boos is thinking about rotating but is also mindful of making sure we win games.

He's damned if he does and damned if he doesn't - and I suspect Cardiff at home is a most likely time to rest more players, including Ozil.

So let's not hammer Wenger too much (pun intended) and enjoy the fact that once again, we are top of the table.