With Arsenal having a tough time in the transfer market, fans can be relieved to see their Welsh midfielder, Aaron Ramsey, finding his form and in essence, acting like a new signing.
Ramsey. in the past few seasons, has found it tough to really step up and become the player everyone initially expected him to be, with many at Arsenal questioning whether he has the quality to make it in the Arsenal first team.
There has been a few reasons why he has found it tough. Firstly since his broken leg at Stoke in 2010, Ramsey has found it tough to get back the form and potential he was showing at the start of his Arsenal career. However the main reason is that Arsene Wenger has been playing him out of position.
Ramsey in the past few seasons has been started as an attacking midfielder sometimes, which he doesn’t see himself as, however Wenger made the fundamental error to play him on the left last season, which is certainly not the position he can really shine in, as he lacks the pace to be a wide man.
However at the start of the new campaign Ramsey is starting to realise the potential that Arsene Wenger saw in him back in 2008 when he signed the young star for Arsenal.
Ramsey has been Arsenal’s best performer in pre-season, and has continued to impress in the few competitive games there has been so far. Scoring a hatrick over the two legs in the champion’s league qualifier against Fenerbache, and being generally impressive in most of Arsenal’s early games, has meant that plaudits are certainly in order.
However it is clear to see how Ramsey has found his form; the position he is being played in. This season Wenger is playing Ramsey as a holding midfielder, a position in which he thrives. In this position Ramsey sees a lot more of the ball and can influence play in a far more positive way, compared to when he played on the wings.
The fact he plays where he wants in a holding role as a sort of box-to-box player, is also good news for the rest of the Arsenal first team. Knowing that Ramsey will occupy the space they leave behind, Arsenal’s recognised world class attacking midfielders Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla can push up and really influence the Arsenal attack.
All in all, if Ramsey’s form continues, and if he continues to play in the holding midfield role he is now making his own, Arsenal could have a much better time this season, even without signing any world class midfielders in this transfer window.
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