5 key pointers from the Norwich game

Norwich City v Arsenal - Premier LeagueAaron Ramsey will score at Wembley

He is not a striker, not the advanced midfielder in Arsenal’s three man midfield, but the Welsh wizard finishes like a seasoned striker and opens up teams like a archetypal No.10. The goal he scored today is definitely a serious contender for Arsenal’s goal of the season. If I am a betting man, I would bet on him to score at Wembley. The confidence with which he smashed the volley shows how far he has come this season. He was excellent against Hull City when we met them in April and a repeat performance would be most certainly welcome.

Sagna will be missed

It’s all but official, Sagna will not be an Arsenal player next season, his contract ends this summer and he is certain to leave. The contract situation hasn’t improved and unless there is a miraculous change of mind from either of the parties, we will have to accept the bitter truth and move on. He is one of the best right backs in the league and it would be a shame if he joins another premier league side. He was immaculate as a centre back against Norwich and we would certainly miss his reliability, versatility and consistency.

Gibbs must improve

The Englishman looked a bit rusty in the Norwich game and that is expected after returning from an injury layoff. He has been excellent this season but he has to take care of himself. He will have to prove his fitness over a season, which he hasn’t done so far. His positioning was poor at times but hopefully those errors are ironed out next Saturday. He had a positive influence when he came on in the semis and it will be great if he produces such a performance from the start.

Diaby’s return

Well that was class from the away supporters, wasn’t it? Diaby returned after 14 months out and he showed some nice touches and shielded the ball well. Although a fully fit Diaby takes Arsenal to a new level, it would be unwise to count on his fitness and not sign a physical midfielder. He has a year left on his contract, he can improve his fitness in the summer and return in top form for Arsenal. I don’t think he would be selected for World Cup Squad, it’s cruel on him but he can use the summer to bolster his confidence.

Jenkinson’s Celebration

It’s well documented that Jenkinson is Arsenal born and bred. He is a true Gooner and his passion for the club is immense. His celebration says it all and it’s a classic living the dream. If Sagna leaves, we have to sign a replacement, not because Jenkinson can’t step up, but he needs more experience and game time to become a permanent fixture in the team. I am curious to know how he would react when he scores against Spurs that relegates them.

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