The statistic that proves Ramsey's importance to Arsenal against Manchester City

Aaron Ramsey's absence could have a considerable impact on the outcome of Saturday's clash between Manchester City and Arsenal.

The Welshman suffered an ankle injury while on international duty against Andorra and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is not yet confident enough to say whether the 23-year-old will make Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off against the Premier League champions.

"He [Ramsey] will be assessed today and he has a little chance to be available for Saturday." Wenger said at an Arsenal press conferenc. "Will it be enough to be available for Saturday? We’ll know today."

Ramsey represents a substantial loss for the Gunners and, based on the following statistic, the club's chances of victory are significantly reduced in his absence. 

He has, indeed, been a key performer for Wenger’s side this season, scoring three goals in six appearances (including the second strike in the club's 3-0 win over City in the Community Shield at the start of August.)

The 23-year-old has been Arsenal's best player for arguably probably the last 18 months and there's no reason to suggest he can't go on to become one of the best midfielders in Europe (if he isn't already). He has successfully continued to display the fine form we witnessed throughout the previous season, despite suffering a torrid time with injuries. 

After a hugely impressive start to the beginning of last season, in which he netted eight goals in 18 appearances, he picked up a thigh injury in the Boxing Day victory over West Ham. He subsequently missed four months of football as he suffered two set-backs during his recovery from the knock.

Having Ramsey available for selection against Manchester City would certainly be a boost for Wenger, who is well aware that a win is required this weekend in order to validate the club's Premier League title challenge. And Arsenal fans may be happy to known that the Welshman himself thinks he'll be 'alright' ahead of the clash.

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