Arsenal's strong start to the season has coincided with the rise of Aaron Ramsey as a key player for the Gunners. The Welshman has scored 6 goals in 7 games and his all round performances have earned him plaudits from football fans and pundits alike.
Ramsey's fantastic displays have taken the limelight away from another of Arsenal's promising youngsters, England's Jack Wilshere who has had to face up to criticism in recent times.
For some Arsenal fans, who remember Ramsey's performances when he first arrived in North London, his recent displays haven't come as much of a surprise.
The Welshman had made his debut as an 18 year old and had already shown glimpses of his immense talent playing alongside Cesc Fabregas in the centre of the Gunners midfield.
His development was abruptly cut short by Ryan Shawcross' awful challenge at the Britannia stadium which caused a double fracture in Ramsey's right leg.
The Welshman was out injured for just under a year and understandably it took him a while to regain his fitness but also his confidence on a football pitch. He was loaned out to Nottingham Forest and his former team Cardiff City when he first returned from his injury, with Wenger preferring to have the youngster get match fitness away from the spotlight at the Emirates Stadium.
Ramsey's return in the red of Arsenal wasn't all smooth sailing as he came up against a barrage of criticism from his own fans, with moans and groans following any mistake the midfielder made. His determination to return to his previous level, and even better it, saw Ramsey through however, and he has now become a firm fans favourite and an integral part of Wenger's team.
Arsenal and England fans must learn from the Welshman's journey following a serious injury before criticising another Gunners prodigy, Wilshere. Many people forget that the English midfielder who broke into the Arsenal first team as a 16 year old suffered niggling injuries which kept him away from a football pitch for longer than Ramsey, in fact Wilshere was out for almost a year and a half.
Although still performing at a high level, Arsenal's number 10 has himself admitted that he is far from fully match fit and the midfielder has been missing that little burst of pace which had pundits around the world praising his early performances. Wilshere's performance for England in their recent World Cup qualifier against Ukraine received heavy criticism in the media.
The youngster was made a scapegoat, with pundits criticising his inability to dictate the game as he has done for Arsenal, however, with England playing a more direct style of football, Wilshere spent most of the match watching the ball sail back and forth over his head.
His technical ability on the ball is ideally suited for a team playing short intricate football like the Gunners do, so criticising Wilshere alone for England's failings is somewhat misplaced.
As Ramsey has shown, it takes time and patience to return to a high level following a long term injury so Wilshere should take inspiration from the Welshman's rise to the top.
At present, the 22 year old is ahead of Wilshere in the pecking order in Arsenal's midfield, however, given time, Wilshere will no doubt return to his best and fulfil his vast potential, and the Gunners will have two of world football's most exciting emerging talents in their ranks.
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