The last time Aaron Ramsey scored for Arsenal against Manchester United it prompted the demise of Osama bin Laden. But, as the latest instalment of this great rivalry approaches, the Wales international has established himself as something far greater than a bad luck charm for prominent figures.
Prior to this season, Ramsey had garnered a somewhat unfortunate reputation for preceding the death of a famous figure with a rare goal, with the likes of Steve Jobs, Colonel Gaddafi and Whitney Houston all kicking the bucket just hours after he had found the net.
This curse, however, has firmly been shaken this term, and Ramsey enters into the weekend meeting with Manchester United as potentially the most important player on show, rather than one derided for a knack of sending people to the grave.
Ramsey has been in quite breathtaking form over the opening months of the campaign, with his 11 goals for Arsenal propelling the club to the summit of the Premier League table and to the brink of qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League.
There had been the fair assumption ever since Ramsey embarked on his goalscoring run in August that his wonderful performances would soon be curtailed, but almost three months on and he continues to reinforce his importance to any potential success for Arsenal.
Ramsey playing a decisive hand against Manchester United on Sunday is now almost expected, and David Moyes should rightfully fear the confident 22-year-old like no other Arsenal player, something that seemed so unlikely even 12 months ago.
The Wales captain is precisely the type of player Moyes had strived to acquire during the summer transfer window, with Ramsey not simply a goal-getter, but a midfielder able to create chances and retrieve the ball for his team.
He is making Arsenal tick in a way similar to Cesc Fabregas' halcyon days at the Emirates Stadium, and could end this season by delivering something the former Gunners captain was never able to provide during his time with the club.
Victory at Old Trafford this weekend could provide another significant step towards Arsenal achieving the title triumph that has eluded them since the glorious Invincibles campaign, and Ramsey is fast establishing himself as one of the most complete players they have possessed in the decade since.
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