The Wales and Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey had a nightmare return from injury last season, and he has hardly improved in this one, despite being given endless opportunities by Arsene Wenger to regain his old form.
It seems that he fully aware that last season wasn’t good, but he puts that down to being his first full season in the Premiership, and now he is hoping that he can regain his former glory before the end of this present season, or perhaps the season after….
He said on Arsenal.com: “At the beginning, I was really excited to have an opportunity to have a full season and to be involved in everything,”
“I played 44 times and that was quite a shock to the system at the time, having been out for so long.
“I haven’t had a full season before in my professional career so it was a shock and definitely took its toll towards the end. Hopefully this one will be different and the form towards the end of the season will be better. I’ll be more used to dealing with that.
“Next year I want to progress as a player and turn into the player that I know I am capable of turning into. I know I still have a few things to learn. My aim is hopefully to show what I’m capable of doing on a more regular basis, and to get more goals as well.
“Last season I had quite a few opportunities, and looking back, I could easily have got into double figures with the amount of chances that I had. That’s something I need to improve on. I need to be a bit more composed in those final situations.
“I think I’m more than capable of doing that, but, like I said, it’s about being more composed. This season, I’ve scored one and I’ve hit the bar. Hopefully I can get into those situations more, learn from last season and get a few more goals.”.
It’s good that Aaron recognises that he is nowhere near the player he used to be yet, but surely Arsene Wenger should have noticed by now and perhaps rested him a little more often?