Everyone concerned with Arsenal, fans and players included, are gobsmacked at the way the young Welshman Aaron Ramsey has hit the ground running this season. Even those who supported him against the general fans’ feeling last season did not expect him to be pulling up trees the way he is, and that includes the man who stuck by him and had the confidence to stick with him, Arsene Wenger.
After the 22-year old scored for the sixth time in seven games last night, sealing a vital away win against Marseille in the Champions League, he was understandably the hot topic of Wenger’s post match press conference. Ramsey himself spoke about how Arsenal’s usual passing game was disrupted by a difficult pitch, but it is going to take more than that to stop Rambo making his mark on a game.
Wenger said, “Honestly, I didn’t expect him to score so many goals. He’s especially improved in his passing, his technical quality. He was always in good positions in the box, but scoring is a bit cyclical. You have periods when it goes in and others when it doesn’t. For me the most important thing is the quality of his game.
“I decided to be patient with him because when you have been injured for such a long time it takes a while to get back to your best.”
Well we are all glad that Wenger did have that patience with him, because we are reaping the rewards now. On Sunday, Ramsey will come up against Ryan Shawcross, the Stoke defender who nearly ended his career over three years ago. Running rings around the Potters and beating the defender to score a goal would be a brilliant way of putting a line under the years Ramsey has spent getting back to his best, while an Arsenal win will be the perfect way to finish a great week.