Aaron Ramsey was in imperious form once again as Arsenal ran out 4-1 winners in another dominant home performance, scoring his ninth goal in 12 games and his fifth in the league this season.
Ramsey started on the bench yesterday as the immediate plan was to rest him ahead of the important clash against Borussia Dortmund at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday. But he was introduced to proceedings after just 37 minutes for Matthieu Flamini, who suffered a concussion after a hefty head collision with Alexander Tettey.
It was a fine second half display from the Wales captain, who continues to look like a different player from the one that was ridiculed for much of last season, as he grows game by game into a top class midfielder.
Ramsey's goal exuded class and was reminiscent of Ricky Villa's FA Cup final goal against Manchester City in 1981. He also assisted Mesut Özil's second goal, which capped off a great performance.
To think only 12 months ago Ramsey was being criticised by fans and, even when Wenger offered him a new contract along with Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson, this was met with some skepticism.
Ramsey's transformation from the end of last season up to now has been nothing short of remarkable. He has been a revelation this term and has been the shining light that has guided Arsenal to top spot.
The 22-year-old is in the form of his life and is one up there with the best players in world football at present. If Ramsey and the likes of Özil can stay grounded, they could really surprise the doubters this season.
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