Turn the clock back a year and Aaron Ramsey was enjoying his ‘I’m Coming Out’ moment, dancing through the autumn in a whirlwind of goals.
A year on he finds himself in the midst of a scoring desert, ten Arsenal outings down the road from the last time he found the net for his club.
Luckily for the Welshman Olivier Giroud’s early return from a broken fibula has arrived to quench his thirst like an impossibly handsome oasis.
Giroud is understood to have been passed fit to participate when the Gunners go about attempting to justify odds of 6/5 about victory over Manchester United at the Emirates.
The drop off in Ramsey’s goals begun the very day the France international sustained his unfortunate injury, with his third goal in the season’s opening four games netted before the centre-forward was carried off at Goodison Park.
Last season Giroud was only surpassed as an assister by seven other players in the Premier League, and only Mesut Ozil at Arsenal.
No one benefited more from his hard work thank the man they call Rambo, who netted three times off the Frenchman’s passes during 2013/14.
It’s little surprise the Welshman’s goals have dried up, as the only other Gunner to provide him with as many opportunities to wheel away in celebration was Ozil, himself injured since the beginning of October.
Ramsey is 2/1 to bag at any time during proceedings at the Emirates, while he can be backed to ring the alarm first or last at a 13/2 that’s all the healthier thanks to the return of one of his favourite foils.
Arsenal last conquered the Red Devils some seven meetings back, when their midfielder dynamo netted the only goal of the game.
He can be backed to score in a Gunners victory at 9/2.