With Arsenal's salient player out injured, Arsene Wenger's side have struggled for consistency recently.
With losses to Bayern Munich, Liverpool, and draws at Southampton and at home to a somewhat lacklustre Manchester United, the question is raised if the Gunners are seriously missing their Welsh talisman?
When the season commenced, it was clear Aaron Ramsey had improved immensely since his & Arsenal's disappointing 2012/13 campaign. He got his goalscoring spree started in the Champions League qualifier against Fenerbahce after an absolute embarrassing start to the season with a 3-1 loss at home to Aston Villa.
In two matches against the Turkish side Aaron Ramsey impressed with a number of great goals, and continued that throughout the league prior to his injury with eight goals in 18 league games, including three against Welsh teams, and two absolute stunners at home to Liverpool and Norwich.
As Squawka shows; Ramsey has a performance score of 643, and a clinical shot accuracy of 71%.
Wenger's had a lot of praise for the Welshman when he insisted; "I wouldn’t sell Aaron Ramsey for £50 million" after his match winning display at Cardiff, and also his attitude to not celebrate, which proves how mature he is at such a young age too.
Wenger even began to envy him when he again told the Daily Mirror; “You can see he has the strength of personality now. I was a midfielder and I envy him. He can defend, he can pass the ball, he can score goals. And he’s still young. He can get that much better yet."
Showing how highly Wenger rates Ramsey, at the same time we can imagine how much he must be missing his Welshman too.
Since his injury we see Arsenal slipping to second place, and I personally deduce that Mesut Ozil's poor performance isn't just from tiredness, it's also from the prolonged absence of the clinical Welsh prodigy.
Since Ryan Shawcross put Ramsey on the medical table, he's come back twice the player he is, and finally put that behind him with a goal against Stoke City, and Arsenal, bar Jack Wilshere and the two solid centre-back, are missing that heart and desire that Ramsey brings with him.
The only player I see being a mirror of Ramsey is Wilshere, who's getting a good run in while he's out. However, Ozil's lost the man to set up, Ramsey's not there to make the run, and with the pace from Tomas Rosicky stuck on the bench most days, Ozil looks ineffective.
At Real Madrid Ozil had Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuain, Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria to set up.
At Arsenal he has Lukas Podolski, Ramsey, Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott - two of which are injured, and one is wrongly a bench-warmer.
Arsenal have been handed an injury boost, Ramsey could make it in time for the crucial run in in March that they have against Bayern Munich, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City.
He'll be crucial in those games, and with Ozil given a rest against Sunderland, it looks as if the oncoming Ramsey storm will be back in business soon.
Next target; Munich (hopefully) for Ramsey to stamp his mark yet again after scoring in Dortmund.
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