When Arsenal travels to Cardiff City this weekend, it’ll be a special moment for one midfielder in particular. Aaron Ramsey will be returning to the club he spent a decade playing for.
With the incentive of playing in front of his old home crowd in a big away match, Ramsey will be looking to keep up his current form. Having netted six goals already in the Barclays Premier League, he’ll look to exploit a Cardiff City goalkeeper who has given up 16 goals in 11 matches.
Couple that with the recent news of former Arsenal fullback and assistant manager Pat Rice’s cancer diagnoses this past week, Ramsey and the rest of the team will be looking to go out and play their best to honor the Arsenal legend.
A big game from Ramsey would at least keep the Gunners four points clear of Liverpool and Chelsea, who both have favorable matchups this weekend. Don’t expect Cardiff City to allow the Gunners to come in and leave with three easy points though. The Bluebirds are currently undefeated at home against top-six clubs after defeating Manchester City early in the season and drawing with Manchester United last weekend.
The club, currently in 15th place, has been known to pull off upsets and will be keen to play spoiler yet again this season. However, if Ramsey and the rest of the Gunners can build off their big UEFA Champions League win over Olympique Marseille in midweek, they should leave Cardiff City with a win and stay perched atop the Premier League heading into December.