In a game where Mesut Ozil looked great and shined in his debut for Arsenal, it was the two goals scored by Aaron Ramsey in the second half in the end helped Arsenal win its third consecutive Premier League game as they defeated Sunderland 3-1. The goals were a testament to what was another Man of the Match-type performance by Ramsey, who continues to play at a high level here in the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
Coming into the game, Ramsey had been one of the main catalysts in Arsenal’s current good run of form as his play in the midfield alongside Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla has given Arsenal some great attacking and defending balance.
Despite Arsenal being at times overrun by a Sunderland team looking to win at home, Ramsey again continued his fine run of form as he helped shield the defense, especially in the first 20 minutes of the second half.
Where Ramsey has shown his greatest improvement so far in the 2013-14 season has been in his improved attacking play, and the manner in which he scored both his goals are a testament to this. His first, which came at the 67th minute to give Arsenal a 2-1 lead, was a result of him showed great technique in the volley shot he hit from a Carl Jenkinson cross.
Ramsey’s second goal was as a result of him smartly joining the attack and then playing great triangular play near and inside the penalty area with Ozil and Olivier Giroud.
It was as recently as of March of this year that Ramsey was a player who drew the venom from Arsenal fans. Since then, Ramsey has improved and clearly is now playing up to the level which many figured he was capable of playing up to when he first arrived to Arsenal from Cardiff City back in 2008.
It is clear that a switch back to a holding midfield role and his mental recovery from the horrific injury he sustained back in 2010 have led to his improved play. And as a result, Arsenal are benefiting from his resurgence.