Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen believes that Aaron Ramsey could be the difference in today’s Premier League clash between Sunderland and Arsenal at the Stadium of Light.
Ramsey returned to competitive action in midweek when he featured for the Gunners against Anderlecht in Belgium in the Champions League.
The Wales international midfielder played the entire 90 minutes and is likely to start today’s encounter against the Black Cats.
Owen, a former England international, believes that the 23-year-old could be the man to lead Arsenal to victory today.
‘The Black Cats need to put on a show for their home supporters after their humiliation at St Mary’s but they could have picked a better game, with redemption in mind, given they have only won one of their last 21 PL games against the Gunners’, the 34-year-old wrote on Betvictor.com.
‘Aaron Ramsey played the full 90 minutes against Anderlecht midweek and might be the difference between the sides’.
Ramsey was Arsenal’s best player last season, and there are strong suggestions that Arsene Wenger’s side could have won the Premier League title had he not suffered injuries.
The former Cardiff City star has yet to hit the levels of last season so far this term and has also struggled with fitness issues. However, Ramsey remains a key player in the Arsenal team and will be looking to play an all-round role in midfield today.
Arsenal are 11 points off the pace in the Premier League and need to pick up a win at the Stadium of Light in order to retain their slim hopes of winning the title.
It may not be easy against Sunderland, though, as the Black Cats will be determined to bounce back from their 8-0 humiliating defeat to Southampton last weekend.