Whilst domestic football takes a well earned rest and international football takes over I thought it was a good opportunity to assess the season so far and look at one player in particular who has caught the eye of many with some captivating performances - Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey.
Ramsey has already staked a claim for the player of the year award with a series of quality performances and goals that have catapulted his Arsenal side to the top of the Premier League table and qualification for the knock-out stages of the Champions League.
Arsenal have a very talented squad this season, particularly in the midfield/forward department, but Ramsey has outshone them all with performances that have made the Premier League and the world take note. To outshine the likes of Mesut Ozil is no mean feat.
The Welshman has not had it easy in his short career so far. He has had to overcome setbacks, particularly injuries, to repay the faith that Arsene Wenger has placed in him. He has always been earmarked as a player with great potential but the knocks he has taken in his early career could easily have sent him in to rewind. It is testament to Ramsey, his courage and commitment that he has bounced back from adversity and become the shining light of the season so far.
Wenger and the Arsenal staff must take credit for his success story as well but we must not underestimate the part Ramsey has played himself. He is now more confident on the pitch and has finally wiped away the memory of breaking his leg at Stoke City in February 2010. It has taken a lot for him to get over that injury and it is only now that the mental scarring is starting to heal.
Ramsey's form is so good that the likes of Jack Wilshere, England's midfield hope for the future, has had his opportunities limited and injuries to the likes of Abou Diaby, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott are rarely mentioned. It is Ramsey who everyone is talking about.
This season at club level Ramsey has scored 11 goals in just 18 appearances as he has benefited from a slight change in role for Arsenal. He has picked up the accolade for Arsenal's player of the month in August, September and October and also the Premier League player of the month in September.
He has been involved in some scintillating football this season and his goals have
often been crucial. Most recently Ramsey scored a fantastic volley against
Liverpool which sealed a 2-0 victory and was inspirational as he scored the
only goal in Arsenal's historic 1-0 away win at Borussia Dortmund in the
Adding goalscoring to his obvious talents has made the young Welshman a prized asset for Arsenal and one they will certainly want to keep hold of as they look to build a side capable of winning silverware again.
If Ramsey can continue his form then I see no reason why he cannot inspire his club to glory once again and become as in demand across Europe as his Welsh counterpart Gareth Bale has.
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