There was a time when the mention of Aaron Ramsey’s name alone could crash a plane; his form was that bad. He lost the support of many fans in whose opinion he was, in the words of Piers Morgan, “a complete and utter liability”. Ramsey wasn’t actually a bad player, he was one of the best upcoming widely known lads in football. Everything just went wrong for him after that injury.
But even when his form was bad, you could see he was really struggling to impress. Once he lost the ball, he would do his utmost best to recover it, he never stopped running. Though nothing he did on the pitch seemed to work, but you could see he was really trying. Well, we all know how things turned out later. They say “hard work pays”; today he’s secured the nickname, “Welsh Jesus”.
Now we have Ozil at Arsenal, a player we all know how good he was before joining us. His assist record was second to none, his passing was fantastic and accurate. In his first few games for us, he really showed what he’s capable of.
Well, Ozil’s form has dropped. He can hardly dribble, makes poor passes and can’t even shoot on target, not to talk of tackling. It’s quite a recurrent feature with him these days.
However, what’s primarily disturbing about Ozil is not really his bad form, it’s his attitude. I really find it hard to explain.
I feel one basic reason why Ramsey improved tremendously was his attitude. I do not know of any player that has been so badly criticised like Ramsey in football, neither do I know of any that took criticisms so well like him. What determines whether you would fail or succeed in life is attitude; your approach to challenges. I do hope Ozil works on his attitude.