Aaron Ramsey started exactly where he left off from last season by scoring the late winner in Arsenal‘s 2-1 opening day win over manager-less Crystal Palace. Ramsey pounced to score in injury time at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, something the Welshman has become accustomed to over the last year or so and will carry on doing.
If Arsenal are going to win the Premier League title this year then they are going to need their big guns firing on all cylinders. Ramsey was first to admit after the Palace game that he can play a lot better. With the addition of Alexis Sanchez from FC Barcelona and with Mesut Ozil to come back from injury, Ramsey should be able to flourish once again in the middle of the park.
Last season’s 16 goals in all competitions was Ramsey’s best season total by far. He was already off the mark this season too with the second goal in the 3-0 Community Shield demolition of Manchester City. Ramsey was sorely missed by the Gunners when he was injured halfway through the campaign last term, so Arsene Wenger will hope to keep him and his other stars fit.
Arsenal weren’t at their devastating best on Saturday, but they proved they can win games ugly and fight all the way until the end, which in the past Wenger’s side have been criticized about. Ramsey’s last season proved he could score all types of goals, including very important ones like his goal on Saturday. He has turned himself into one of Wenger’s most important players and arguably his most valuable. Ramsey has a knack of getting into the right areas at the right time, something he wasn’t doing the season before last. The Welshman has certainly upped his game in that respect and turned himself into a world-class performer.
Arsenal are certain to be contenders this year with big money spent on Sanchez and Debuchy. Every team suffers with injuries and suspensions, but if the Gunners can avoid those as much as possible and get back to their best, there is no reason why they can’t challenge the big teams and win the league for the first time since 2004.