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After being thrown into a high amount of games last season, receiving abuse from his own fans (and Stoke) Aaron Ramsey seems to have put this all behind him.
Last season, Rosicky and Ramsey were Arsenal’s only attacking-midfielders. The Welshman started the season superbly: he put in a man-of-the-match performance against Chelsea and scored the winner against Marseille in the final minute of our Champions League tie with the French outfit. But Ramsey started to tail-off after a few months; quite understandbly. Ramsey had just returned from a long-term injury and, due to the lack of midfielders, was thrown into games.
Ramsey was trying too hard to emulate Fabregas and Nasri following their departures. Ramsey was depended upon to produce goals and score a few, despite still being fairly raw and still trying to gain match fitness.
Some fans said some sickening things about Aaron Ramsey, I won’t reiterate any of them but people were saying they wish he got injured again. You shouldn’t wish that upon any player (apart from Van Persie) especially one of your own. Ramsey was becoming a frustrating player, which wasn’t his fault. The lack of midfielders cost us dearly and Ramsey was the scapegoat.
One of Ramsey’s problems, as mentioned previously, was trying too hard to create and finish chances. Ramsey was desperately trying flick-ons and tricks instead of letting his game flow naturally.
During this summer transfer window, many Arsenal fans were excited at the prospect of seeing Ramsey leave the club, albeit via a loan deal to Fulham. I believe most of those fans will be eating their words very soon; if they haven’t already.
Ramsey is a versatile player who can play almost anywhere in the midfield; he can also play out on the right. Ramsey thrives in these positions due to his key-passing and dribbling. He can be a very influential player when his confidence is sky-high, as we saw against Manchester City this season.
Ramsey’s had a steady start to this season: putting in a man-of-the-match performance against City and being a great impact sub when called upon. I still believe Ramsey has a role to play at this club and I’m still tipping him for greatness. He’s something special when the crowd aren’t on his back.
Ramsey will now have to integrate himself into a highly congested midfield once everyone is fit. Now that we have Cazorla, Ramsey can focus on his own game instead of being pressured into emulating the playing style of previous attacking-midfielders. In a nutshell, he has time to develop and learn his trade at Arsenal instead of being hurried into development.
On the topic of breaking into the first- team, with Diaby out I think Ramsey could be starting a few games. I really like Ramsey in a central position due to his vision and trickery, his style is likeable to Cazorla’s. Both players’ style of play compliment eachother’s fantastically, as we saw during Ramsey’s brief cameo against Olympiakos. Just to touch on that cameo from Ramsey, what a performance in such little time. Ramsey changed that game, in my opinion. He was involved heavily in Podolski’s goal and then went on to score a silky hooked finish past Megyeri.
Many forget that Ramsey is still young and learning his trade at Arsenal following his move from Cardiff. All in all, I think the youngster still has plenty to prove; but he’s got the talent and ability to reach full potential. One thing that will add fuel to the fire is the fact that, at such a young age, Ramsey is captaining his country. This shows how highly regarded Ramsey is considering players like Bellamy, Collins and Bale could easily be their country’s captain.
Anyways, I’m really pulling for Ramsey this season and I think all Arsenal fans should too. He seems like a completely different player following last season’s fatigued and low-confidence performances.
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