Arsenal fans have taken to Twitter to call for Aaron Ramsey to be dropped and replaced by academy graduate Alex Iwobi, due to the Welshman's ongoing contract situation.
Alex Iwobi came off the bench on Saturday and made an impressive cameo appearance, thus giving Unai Emery a genuine selection headache for the Europa Cup match at FK Qarabag on Thursday night.
Ramsey’s presence in the starting XI forces Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang into roles they seem to struggle in, whereas Iwobi’s versatility allows him to slot in wherever suits his team-mates, who improved immeasurably after his introduction.
Against Watford, Ramsey was almost non-existent and it looked as though his prolonged contract negotiations had taken its toll on the midfielder, who has enjoyed 10 years with the Gunners after his move from Cardiff City.
Iwobi over Ramsey from now on, surely?— Mattias Karén (@MattiasKaren) September 29, 2018
Unai Emery introduced 22-year-old Iwobi just after the hour mark and it was he who provided the cross that Craig Cathcart bundled into his own net to open the scoring.
There has never been doubts about Ramsey's talents, but he continues to look a poor fit among his teammates and particularly under Unai Emery's management due to the way the new Arsenal manager wants to his side to play.
Ramsey is having issues at the moment. Iwobi must start ahead of him— kwame kissi Temeng (@mali_officielle) September 29, 2018
My preferred team for Fulham away on Sunday:— Sameer (@afcsameer) October 1, 2018
Bellerin // Sokratis // Holding // Monreal
Torreira // Xhaka
Iwobi // Özil // Auba
No Ramsey. Didn’t play well against Watford, and with all the rumours of him leaving/rejecting the club, his place isn’t deserved.
My team vs Fulham:— SpiritualKindGooner (@GoonerTiliDie19) October 1, 2018
Ramsey dropped from squad or sent to play with the U23s.
Iwobi on the other hand, looked like a man with something to prove after coming on and was full of running and creative intent and inevitably was the player who changed the game for the Gunners.
The Gunners take a trip to Azerbaijan Thursday night to face Azerbaijani league champions FK Qarabag looking to build on their 4-2 win in the group stage last time out.