Aaron Ramsey has been focussed on for praise for his display for Arsenal against Chelsea this weekend, and is said to have dominated Cesc Fabregas.
The Gunners earned a hard-fought 0-0 draw away to the Premier League champions on Sunday, and Aaron Ramsey has rightly been singled out for his performance.
“As soon as you saw Fabregas’ name on the team-sheet, you knew that Conte was picking him so he can pick out those passes, to create opportunities for those front players, to dictate the pattern of the play,” he said.
“For the first 15-20 minutes he did that, he hit one great ball in behind Arsenal for Pedro to run onto and he should have scored.
“But after that, Ramsey started to dominate him.
“He got tight to him, he stopped him playing forward passes.
“When he won possession, he got at the weakness of Fabregas.
“He started to run behind him, he had one great run where he hit the post.
“Those two central midfield players, Xhaka and Ramsey, were absolutely brilliant.
“They were more disciplined than they ever have been and I thought they were outstanding.
“Only once did Ramsey, when he broke forward, allow Xhaka to be outnumbered.
“While of course Chelsea weren’t at their most fluent best, Arsenal were more organised, they were better disciplined and for once they showed a great defensive understanding.”
Was this Ramsey’s most disciplined and workmanlike performance in an Arsenal shirt? Is he set to be key in the way our season pans out? Is his central midfield role perfect for his abilities?