As reported by Metro, Hector Bellerin and Aaron Ramsey will be making their return to the starting XI tomorrow night in what can only be described as a season-defining game against AC Milan.
The Gunners head into this two-legged tie off the back of four consecutive defeats, knowing that an exit from the Europa League would likely sign the death warrant on Arsene Wenger’s two-decade tenure as manager. It’ll be all hands on deck during the first leg to ensure that they get off to a flying start, as the Frenchman attempts to win European silverware for the first time with the club.
Return of the outsiders
Bellerin, in particular, will be seen as a somewhat surprising presence in the first team, after reports came out that said he was furious about being dropped by Wenger for the game against Brighton & Hove Albion. On the other hand, Aaron Ramsey has been at the core of many criticisms from Arsenal supporters following a poor display in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.
The fall of Arsenal Football Club has certainly seen a dramatic development over the course of the last few months, especially for the likes of Bellerin and Ramsey who have spent seven & ten years at the Emirates respectively. Some have been saying that the players simply don’t have the passion in them anymore, meanwhile, others believe that Arsene just isn’t capable of managing this side towards any kind of domestic or European success.
For a few years now supporters have been hanging their hat on their FA Cup triumphs, although many seem to forget that prior to those victories at Wembley, Arsenal had experienced one of the worst trophy droughts in their entire history.
Their failures both on and off the pitch have led to numerous public embarrassments, with groups such as the Arsenal Supporters Trust and Arsenal Fan TV being highlighted for their overwhelming hatred of the current regime at the North London club.
There’s an argument to be made that the players deserve the same kind of stick that Wenger has been receiving, and in order to rectify that thought process, the likes of Hector Bellerin and Aaron Ramsey need to have the game of their lives tomorrow night at the San Siro.
Milan are currently the favourites to win the first leg with Bet365, despite the fact that Arsenal’s odds for winning the Europa League of 13/2 are substantially better than Milan’s at 12/1.