Does Wilshere needs to follow Ramsey's example?

By Avenell Dave

The talk this week has been all about Aaron Ramsey. 

The Welshman has proved the critics wrong, shown his value and caught the eye with his goalscoring.

It is as if no one really saw his value until he started scoring goals, even if his form has been highly consistent for the entire year. 

Let's get it straight. 

Ramsey runs around more than any other player, covers more ground and I suspect makes more tackles than anyone else. 

Yes, he makes mistakes, but so does everyone. 

Although we haven't seen it so much lately, Jack Wilshere shows a similar level of commitment and while some are already getting on his back, he seems to be going through the same challenges his team mate faced.

Wilshere is a sublime talent, but it is sometimes hard to know where he should play. 

He is not a ball-winner and wants to make things happen, but it would be wrong to describe him as a playmaker. 

He lacks goals as well, but you can see that he is playing within himself at the moment, perhaps worried that he is going to have another injury breakdown.

The same injury woes afflicted Steven Gerrard early in his career and we saw with Cesc towards the end of his Arsenal stay how over-playing had ruined his hamstrings.

What Jack needs to do is ensure that he keeps doing the simple things well, does not over-play and make silly mistakes but at the same time, eases himself back in with some crunching tackles.

It isn't easy and with no midfielder to replace him until Mikel Arteta gets up to speed, he has to shoulder the responsibility.

Stoke, who visit us on Sunday, have a reputation for physical and long ball football, something that Mark Hughes is apparently trying to change.

They've had a decent start to the season and in Marco Arnautovic they have a striker capable of causing us problems. 

But we will go top if we win, a prospect that should need be more than enough to stir the team, which pretty much picks itself.

Let's hope we're all smiling by the end of the day. 

The Ch*vs are supposedly in crisis but find themselves top at the end of Saturday - the fickle nature of reporting means just one hiccup and the naysayers will come out again in force. 

Let's give them nothing to talk about. And that goes for Jack in particular. 

Addict XI


Sagna Mertesacker Koscielny Gibbs

Wilshere Ramsey Flamini

Walcott Giroud Ozil