After coming under much criticism last season and building his way into the team at Arsenal, Aaron Ramsey is now undoubtedly one of the stand out players at the club, not only in the Premier League, but also in Europe against teams such as Fenerbahce.
It is a sign of this trust that his manager has chosen to play him in all four of their league games so far this season, and he stayed on for the full 90 minutes every time, as well as playing in the Champions League in the meantime, and we must understand Arsene Wenger’s decision, as the youngster brings strength to the team all over the pitch.
First of all, Ramsey is a rock in Arsenal’s dodgy defence, providing not only a way of winning back the ball from the opposition, but also a way up the pitch once that has been done.
Indeed, during Saturday’s victory over Sunderland, he spent much of the match in the middle of the field, but went back readily to help out with tackles in front of his penalty area and that has been a feature of his play as he is now approaching ten tackles a match with his seven this week.
Additionally, when the ball is moving towards the opposite end, he is rarely known to miss a pass, with his 92 per cent success rate against the Black Cats showing that he is easily able to play his team out of danger.
On the other hand, on the occasions that he gets forward, the Welshman has been scarily effective this season, in particular at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, when he managed to score two goals despite only having three shots on goal, all the more impressive when you look at Theo Walcott who failed to score with his four attempts.
With more of these performances, Ramsey will cement the reputation he is still building of an excellent playmaker and a brilliant finisher, particularly if you take into account the two goals he scored against Fenerbahce to secure Arsenal’s place in the Champions League group stages.
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