Resurgent Ramsey : Arsenal beginning to click?

Aaron James Ramsey, born december 1990 has often shown himself to be a real talent, but never has a player polarised the Arsenal faithful with such vigour. His ability has often been questioned in recent months with some suggesting he just isn’t good enough, whereas others are begging for him to be given time to prove himself following the horrific leg-break suffered at the hands of the “just doesn’t have it in him” Ryan Shawcross.


Arsène has said many times that a player really starts to come into his own at 23, so you could be easily forgiven in thinking that Ramsey should really be on his way to fulfilling his potential had it not been for the 18 months he missed due to the aforementioned assault incident.

Not to be denied his potential, Ramsey has dug in and despite the criticism has been showing in the recent fixtures since the turn of the year why Arsène was right to stick by him. His performance against Sunderland had everything, he tackled, created and even filled in at right-back and did it all with a calm that previously had been missing. The lad had clearly been trying too hard and you cannot fault him for that. It must have been killing him to watch players surpass him in the squad whist his progress that was so very obvious pre-injury stalled and he struggled to have the same impact in games, often trying the Hollywood pass when a simpler, more effective option presented itself.

Fortunately, Ramsey is no shrinking violet and has began to win back support with grit, hard work and determination. Groans from the stands have turned to cheers once again and all credit to him for not allowing himself to drift away and credit to Arsenal for sticking by him.

Ramsey and Walcott have both had seasons that have changed fans opinions, who could be next? With the fantastic boost that Wilshire has given this squad it is the little things that start to click along with it that start to make a great side. Do not forget the fact that the core of our side is now signed up for the next 5 years. Arsène tried to do this before and build a side around Fabregas with players that he brought to Arsenal and tried to make them love it as he does. Few of those players stood up to that challenge and money talked and that side got broken up.

Arsène is not to be turned away so easily however and he is trying it again, building it around the absolute talent that is Jack Wilshire and he’s doing it the right way – with players that love Arsenal before they committed. Gibbs, Jenkinson, Ramsey, Walcott and Wilshire – all players that love Arsenal and love playing for us.  They’re not all the finished article and I am delighted that they can grow with us. Arsenal are beginning to click, the teams at the top are within reach perhaps with the exception of ManYoo who it seems are romping away with the title, in a year when no team has played to its potential.

It’s been an odd season so far, but we are seeing strong signs that this Arsenal side isn’t done yet. There is a strong belief in the squad and a strong work-ethic to make sure that we get on a run. We have to focus now and not let any distractions from the Champions League derail our season. Blackburn first then we will face Bayern Munich. Bayern is no cake-walk and it will take some luck to beat them at the moment – but I wouldn’t shy away from suggesting that Arsenal are capable of nicking a result.

Come on you Gooners, North London is Arsenal.


10 thoughts on “Resurgent Ramsey : Arsenal beginning to click?”

  1. I must confess, I was one of the many Arsenal fans who wanted Ramsey out, not for his potential, but just because he wasn’t good enough for the current team. But seeing him play in the last 4 to 5 games, I now have a complete change of heart. You hit the nail on the head when you said “he was trying too hard”, he wanted to fill the Fabregas void, when he should have been creating his own style of play. Arsene is an amazing coach, because only he could see his potential when the whole world didn’t.
    In Arsene We Trust!

  2. Well said. Ramsey was outstanding before Shawcross bust his leg and the physical and psychological healing process after an injury like that cannot be imagined by anyone who has not gone through a similar experience. It does begin to look as though he can recover his pre-injury form which is brilliant news. There was a time when Ramsey and Wilshere looked almost identical on the pitch and now hopefully those days are returning.

  3. I had a bit of doubt about him but I opt to be patient due to my believe in Arsene.

    I have even more doubt when this team that looks fantastic on paper save for the lack of back up in back four did not show any result. The offense of this team can bring down any top team of the world and the defense should be good, although not brilliant, making it a very good team overall.

    Since last year, Arsene has done a very good job brining in a group of high quality players 3 to 5 years older than these 5 young stars. That move serves three purposes:

    1) immediately fill up voids that need to be filled while these players can still serve several good years.
    2) share the burden in case the team suffer set backs. With tougher matured guys, that can calm the psychological side and absorb media/ fan/ board pressure.
    3) bring in experience and tricks that young guys can learn from

    He can then set up another generation after these 5 guys which can be more numerous due to rules. Every 3 to 5 years, Arsenal will have a new set of players but its always been set up like this age-wise.

    The only thing is…. this hasn’t been functioning on the pitch yet. For one thing, Giroud, Carzola and Poldoski needs time to form up with the rest of the team; the other is probably due to psychological side and may be some tactical problems…

  4. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE speak to the fact that Mertesacker is horrible and if we ever want to reach the level of teams like Barca, Madrid, and Bayern we must get a better leader at CB.

    We let up goals every game yet NO ONE IS YELLING!
    Mertesacker gets beat like a slow slave and none of the others get angry.
    Nacho was a great start, but we need a bigger voice in the middle who leads by example.

    Sign a Chiellini type player and bring back Frimpong to toughen this squad up

    1. Hi,

      Thanks for commenting 🙂

      There is an issue with communication at the back, I’ve said it for years. However, as a unit their movement is a lot better and I think we are seeing some improvement. I just wish we’d man-mark rather than use Zonal Marking, which I just don’t agree with. It doesn’t sit well with me when I have always man-marked and it worked OK for me.


  5. Well written, WG, a nicely crafted piece and very perceptive! 🙂

    I fall into the ‘give him a chance’ camp, because the sort of injury he suffered could have been career threatening, let alone resulting in a drop in form and fitness.

    In December I started to wobble a bit in my conviction, because the loss of half a yard of pace seemed to be affecting his mobility.

    More recently, he seems to be picking up again, and when played in midfield, as opposed to on the wing, he has really begun to make his presence count!

    1. Hi RA,

      Thank you for your wonderful comments once again. Ramsey has been struggling to return to his form pre-injury. I always felt that he had it in him, it was always going to be a matter of time.

      I think a real boon for Ramsey at the moment is the return of Jack who naturally creates space and movement around him. Ramsey compliments him very well and I think they are the long term central midfield pivot for Arsenal with someone more defensive keeping the home fires burning.

      I hope he can keep up this level of improvement and finally put the doubters to bed.


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