While Gareth Bale hasn’t really played much due to injuries after joining Real Madrid for €91 million this summer, another Welshman is making the headlines for his great performances on the field.
Aaron Ramsey, who had many Arsenal fans wonder if it would have been better for the club to get rid of him, is proving everyone wrong. Before this season, Ramsey had failed to make an impact and seeing him being shown the door last summer would not have been a surprise. However, the Welshman has silenced all the doubters with a fantastic start of the season.
He has scored nine times and provided four assists in 13 games played this season, making him Arsenal’s top scorer with Olivier Giroud. Ramsey’s resurgence has come when nobody expected it. Not even CNN journalist Piers Morgan, a huge Arsenal fan who recently tweeted ”Thank God i saw his potential last season and stood by him”, contradicting himself 12 months after he referred to Ramsey as a ”complete and utter liability”.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is known for his patience with his players, especially when they are young. Ramsey has been given time by his manager after he was sidelined for nearly 10 months due to a fractured leg in February 2010 following a terrible challenge from Stoke City captain Ryan Shawcross.
The road to recovery was very long for Ramsey, who was sent on loan to Cardiff City then Nottingham Forest after he came back from his injury. He came back to Arsenal only in November 2011.
Wenger’s patience is now paying off with Ramsey’s fantastic performances. The Welshman was named Premier League player of the month for September. His resurgence can be explained by the fact that he plays with a lot more belief than before. He tries passes, shots and dribbles he would have never tried before.
Only 37 minutes were needed by Ramsey last Saturday to score a fantastic goal against Norwich City after dribbling almost the whole Norwich defense. His pirouette to skip between two Norwich players and pass the ball to Mezut Ozil with a lovely back heel is another sign that the Welshman is full of confidence and enjoying his football.
Since signing for Arsenal in 2008 from Cardiff City, Ramsey has been one of Arsenal’s most criticized players. At only 22-years-old, the best is yet to come for the former Cardiff City player who is now proving that Wenger was right to stand by him when everyone else thought the Welshman wasn’t good enough to be an Arsenal player.