The Arsenal and Wales international star Aaron Ramsey is back from his latest injury and back where he wants to be, in the Arsenal first team and playing in his favoured central midfield role. It remains to be seen whether the dynamic 24-year old can prove to his club manager that he should play there all the time but he has got around three months while Santi Cazorla gets over his injury problem to do it.
Ramsey has certainly made a good start though, as he has been a key figure for the Gunners as we bounced back and bagged a first Premier League win in four games last weekend and then again as we pulled our Champions League arses out of the fire in Athens, after which Steven Gerrard called him the best in the division in that role.
So I though that young Rambo would be an ideal candidate for our latest player review. He is a different type of player to Cazorla but they have both proved that they can do a brilliant job for Arsenal, if a different one. While the Spaniard is all about silky skills, passing precision and vision, Ramsey is a more robust midfielder who covers more ground than most but also gets into goal scoring positions.
I did think that Ramsey was a bit too desperate to score against Sunderland and the fact that his seven shots was the most of any player with the next most being just two backs that up. However, he did get his goal as well as a crucial assist. And he was our joint top rated player with Ozil on the stats website whoscored.com.
And he was much more disciplined against Olympiacos even though we really needed goals. Ramsey was heavily involved and his 83 touches was a lot more than our second best Ozil with 65. He also made more passes than any other player and at a better success rate than all but the defenders.
Ramsey is a better player when he is not thinking too much about goals but just playing his natural game. At the same time he will be desperate to have a storming few months in order to keep his place in the middle when Cazorla is back. Can he do all that? And if so, will it help Arsenal to be crowned Premier League champions?