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Aaron Ramsey is the new Vieira, says Redknapp

Ramsey has been in fine form this season
Ramsey has been in fine form this season.

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp has praised Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey after he turned in another impressive display consisting of one goal and one assist that saw Arsenal take all three points against Swansea, reaching the summit of the Premier League in the process.

Ramsey has been in excellent early-season form as Arsenal have gone on a seven-game winning streak since losing at home to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season. 

Statistics complement Ramsey’s early season form, with OPTA assessing his pass completion rate as 89%, or 344 out of 387. Stats also show that he attempts an average of 0.89 passes per minute, more than any other midfielder in the Premier League.

Ramsey’s form has not gone unnoticed by Redknapp, who believes Arsenal have the complete midfielder in Ramsey.

Speaking after the Swansea game, he said: “Ramsey is their go-to man at the moment.

"He was outstanding again today and certainly in the second half, he drove the team on. He's playing with confidence. Last year when he got into those areas, would he be driving forward? I really doubt it. He would probably back up the play.”

Redknapp, who is no stranger to Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal having played them several times during his career, went on to compare the Welshman to an Arsenal great of the past.

"When I used to play against Arsenal, I always used to think about Vieira," he said.

"Whenever they were in difficulty, the first thing they would do is pop it into Vieira because they knew there was a bit of safety and a bit of calmness about his game.

"That's exactly what he's becoming for them. It's early, it's seven games into the season, but I'm seeing a young man who is really growing into himself.”

Redknapp added: “I think about Vieira and Petit and those big guns and that's what he's doing now. There's a little bit of Fabregas in there as well because he's adding goals."

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