Creative midfielder Aaron Ramsey believes he is emerging from the shadows cast by Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri and can add a new style to the team and contribute over 10 goals this season.
The 20-year-old believes Arsenal now has the momentum to continue their current winning streak which has seen them win eight of the last nine matches, and Ramsey wants to be a massive contributor this season as Fabregas has been in the past. He said:
We have always believed that we have the quality to challenge anybody.
I think that goal in Marseille was a good moment for us and puts us in a strong position in the Champions League group.
We have just gone about our business like we normally do and I think on Saturday we showed what we are capable of doing against a top team.
It was a massive win for us. We performed really well as a team and created loads of opportunities. I got out in every game to play as well as I can and get the team the right result and I think everyone played their part.
I like to get forward and into the box. My target is to get into double figures and hopefully I can do that this season. It is always nice when you score.
Cesc is a different player. He was a great player for this club but hopefully I can bring my own style to this team and create opportunities to score goals and get on the scoresheet myself. That’s what I am aiming to do.
Ramsey has set himself a target of 10 goals this season and will be looking to assist Robin Van Persie’s impressive goal scoring form who is now on a total of 12 goals.
Wenger has reiterated Ramsey’s potential, The Frenchman said:
I believe Aaron is on the way up. We speak about Robin van Persie a lot but people forget he has been out for one year when he was just getting into the team and that is tremendous.
That he is improving now is normal because he is young. At his age there is still a lot of room for improvement for him. The worry we had was that he would be psychologically touched by the fact he was out for such a long time and we would see that when he goes into challenges.
He got over that hurdle and I have been impressed with the way he dealt with the whole situation.
I have to admit that I had my doubts about Ramsey after so much weight was left on his shoulders over the summer and his form was poor last month. He has since shown his capability this month and can become a great player for Arsenal this season if he continues to develop. However it seems even more unlikely that Wenger will purchase a Hazard or a Gotze next summer.