Ramsey is the complete midfielder by TS
Aaron Ramsey is Arsenal’s dark horse- in a way, he always has been. Given the opportunity to excel, I see the young Gunner having the same potential as Lampard had 10 years ago. I see Ramsey slotting into the current squad as a multi positional midfielder. He’s hard running and has a good eye for goal with a somewhat unexpected and exceptional assured touch on the ball.
He has, however, been crippled by a lack of confidence. Arsenal supporters tend to use him as a scapegoat which then affects his style of play, making him opt for a safer style, lengthening his decision time on the ball for fear of making an error. When he forgets all that, and goes out to play his normal game, let’s not forget what an asset he is to the Arsenal setup. He absorbs the ball, closes down players, jump starts attacks and has the talent for finishing from the edge of the area. Everything you want from a midfielder.
Let’s not forget what a big task it was for the Welsh international to fill Fabregas’ role after he departed. He isn’t a similar player and didn’t replicate Cesc’s role well. It was because of this that Ramsey begun to doubt himself on the pitch-but only in an Arsenal shirt! With Wales he flourished as though he had forgotten he had any faults playing for Arsenal. Perhaps he was thrown in the deep end too quickly last season. The Arsenal supporters wanted results and in turn, the playe’s progress became stunted.
With his confidence shattered, Wenger saw the player for what he could be and has tried to reproduce that form-something which we’ve noticed recently. With Cazorla playing in the Fabregas role, the pressure to replicate the former Arsenal captain has been lifted allowing him to return to his old self.
Against Liverpool Ramsey was full of energy and retained the ball in tight spaces, even making a run down the wing, expressing his pace. We are in a new season now, with new players and Ramsey, it would seem, is back to his old self, proving to Wenger that he was right all along to put faith in the youngster. With Cazorla leading the midfield attack, I believe Ramsey is going to have his break out season with the Gunners. He now has the experience to come out and perform according to what’s needed of him without big expectations which may just lead him to become Arsenal’s biggest surprise of the year.