Ramsey's rise to Arsenal stardom
Aaron Ramsey has an important role to play in Arsenal's quest for Champions League glory
So many players get mocked with memes, and Aaron Ramsey is one of them. In these memes, it's been said that every time he scores, somebody famous dies. However, the memes are beginning to stop with his stellar performances for Arsenal.
Ramsey has practically been a marquee new signing, that's how much of a revelation he has become at the Emirates Stadium.
Great things were expected from the Welshman ever since he signed for Arsenal as a £4.8million pound 18-year-old. He would put on dazzling performances for the Gunners, showing such promise, and was even a bigger name than Jack Wilshere.
Then they played Stoke City, and the tackle that would change Ramsey's career took place. It was an absolutely reckless challenge by Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross, and a challenge that broke two bones in Ramsey's foot.
As scarring as that moment may have been for Ramsey, he has overcome it to the happiness of Arsenal fans around the world. He has formed a terrific partnership with Wilshere and Santi Cazorla in the midfield. Ramsey has taken the injured Mikel Arteta's place in the Arsenal starting line-up, which has proven to be an important role for the Gunners.
Some people have gone on to make what appear to be far-fetched comparisons to former Gunner Cesc Fabregas. Although I don't agree with these comparisons, the statistics for Ramsey are impressive, especially in areas such as passing and defending.
However, Ramsey is not like Fabregas in aspects such as finishing and creativity. The Barcelona star had scored three goals and provided 11 assists in 25 Premier League appearances (three as a substitute) in his final season at Arsenal. The season before, 2009/2010, he had scored 15 goals while providing 13 assists in 27 Premier League appearances (one as a substitute).
Although it's hard to compare due to a lack of starts on Ramsey's part, the Wales international is much less of an attacking threat. Last season, Ramsey scored a grand total of one goal and provided two assists in 36 Premier League appearances (15 as a substitute). The season before that, 2011/2012, Ramsey scored two goals and provided four assists. All this in 34 Premier League appearances (seven as a substitute).
Either way, Arsenal don't need Ramsey to be like Fabregas. They need Ramsey to be Ramsey. His key strengths are his versatility and his wit with the ball. He doesn't play too many risky passes, ensuring that Arsenal keep possession of the ball. Ramsey plays the game with a wonderful attitude, an attitude I wish every player played with. He's smart on the ball, plays defensive, and he plays hard.
Ramsey has been in sublime form lately, as he scored three out of five goals scored against Fenerbahce for the Champions League qualifier. He also provided an assist in the match against Fulham.
His form is going to be key to Arsenal's Premier League hopes, and he may well determine how far Arsenal go in the Champions League. Chasing Yohan Cabaye may prove to be unnecessary as they already have a talented midfielder in their ranks by the name of Aaron Ramsey.
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