Aaron Ramsey scored for Arsenal during last night's 3-3 thriller against Liverpool, making it two goals in four days. Unfortunately, that tends to mean one thing - a famous death is around the corner.
Thursday's sad news of Alan Rickman's death adds to David Bowie's from Monday morning. The 'Aaron Ramsey Curse' is back, after rumours that it was just a coincidence.
In February 2010, the Welsh international was in midfield for Arsenal at Stoke when his leg was shattered by a Ryan Shawcross tackle. Both the tibia and fibula were fractured, resulting in a nine-month spell on the sidelines.
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Upon his return, Arsenal loaned Ramsey to Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City before a return to first team duties. Within weeks, Ramsey scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Manchester United. It capped a fantastic comeback story.
Hours later, on May 2nd 2011, Osama bin Laden was shot dead by Navy Seals in Pakistan. But that's not odd - people score goals every day, people die every day. So Ramsey's scored his first goal of the 2011-12 season in the October 2nd north London derby, turning in a cross at the near post. Apple CEO Steve Jobs died of pancreatic cancer shortly after.
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Not to be deterred, Ramsey scored a dramatic late winner against Marseille in the Champions League two weeks later. Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was captured, tortured and killed 24 hours later.
The then 21-year-old's third and final goal of the season came against Sunderland, scoring from the edge of the box past Simon Mignolet. That night, iconic pop diva Whitney Houston was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel.
By this point, Ramsey's unfortunate streak had gone viral, with many convinced that the deaths had been linked in some way. He even referred to it in an interview with Sport magazine, saying: "The most ridiculous rumour I’ve heard is that people die after I score. There have been loads of occasions where I’ve scored and somebody has died. That’s just a crazy rumour.
He then added: "Although I took out some baddies!"
2013-14 was a remarkable year for Ramsey, with the Welshman scoring 16 goals and being named Arsenal's Player of the Season. He won four consecutive monthly awards and pretty much put the curse to bed. Except for one occasion - a brace on November 30th was immediately followed by the tragic high-speed car crash of Paul Walker. The actor died.
August 2014's Community Shield saw Ramsey score against Manchester City. Robin Williams then hung himself at home. Two weeks later on August 23rd, this persistent curse claimed the life of Sir Richard Attenborough after Ramsey's goal in a 2-2 draw at Everton.
Ramsey has evolved into such a key player for Arsene Wenger's side, his goals are more frequent and, thankfully, not all are followed by a celebrity death. But this past week has seen two legendary British talents taken from us too soon. Just for now, it'd be nice if Ramsey simply passed the ball to others.
Here's what is being said on Twitter about it:
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