Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger recently revealed midfielder Francis Coquelin is back training with the side and available for selection for Sunday’s Premier League clash with newly-promoted and travel-sick Burnley at the Emirates Stadium. Aaron Ramsey partnered Granit Xhaka in the middle of the park in Saturday’s 4-0 win away to Swansea City while Coquelin was out of action, and given he’s impressed in recent weeks the Welsh international might keep his place as Arsenal need to retain some creativity against a Burnley side who will try to nullify their threat.
Appearances have been few and far between for Ramsey this season, amassing a paltry 443 minutes of Premier League football for Arsenal. But the 26-year-old scored in the 2-1 win over Preston North End in the FA Cup third round and impressed against Swansea which could see him retain his spot in the side for another week. With Granit Xhaka providing the substance to turnover possession, Arsenal won’t need another ball-winner like Coquelin given they should dominate possession and outnumber the Burnley midfield. Coquelin is limited in his abilities in possession but Ramsey can unlock a defence and drag opposing players out of position.
The Welshman hasn’t been at his best for Arsenal this season, but his energy and attacking outlook will ensure the Gunners are pushing forwards at the Emirates Stadium. Wenger has previously criticised Ramsey’s defensive attributes, but alongside Xhaka the former Cardiff City man will have more freedom to express himself without leaving his side vulnerable to the counter. Arsenal are 2/11 to win against Burnley on Sunday. Will Ramsey or Coquelin start?