Gunners duo Arsene Wenger and Aaron Ramsey won the Premier League’s Player and Manager of the Month awards for September, after what was an incredible month for the north London side.
Arsenal skyrocketed to the top of both the Premier League and their Champions League group with a 100% win rate last month. One of the key players in the Gunners resurgence as title contenders was Welsh midfielder Ramsey who notched five times in five appearances in September, including a match-winning brace at Sunderland. He has been in incredible form, building on from his encouraging performances demonstrated last season making the box-to-box role his own.
Wenger was under the spotlight more than ever during August with the lack of movement in the transfer market coupled with the Aston Villa opening day loss. Many fans consequently called for his head. However with Ozil arriving on deadline day and integrating quickly into the strong Arsenal side, the Gunners boss reconnected with the Arsenal faithful and led his side to the top of the table.
The Frenchman has since played down his sides position and was quick to point out the season has only just begun. ESPN reported Wenger as saying:
People ask if this team can be as good as my best Arsenal side, but I had a group here a few years ago that went 49 games unbeaten in the Premier League. We have only played seven games of this season, so let’s not get carried away.
He also revealed the pressure Ramsey was under last season as he battled with confidence after what was a tough period for the former Welsh captain:
Aaron has matured and we are seeing the results of his obsession to always make himself better. In the past, we always saw him getting into good positions in the box and not quite scoring, but he has moved his game on now.
He had a difficult period in the middle of last season when people became impatient with him and he lost confidence, but I never lost faith in him and we can see what he is producing now.
Congratulations to Ramsey, September was a stellar month for the Wales international that saw him score on a consistent basis. He has been an absolute work horse too, winning plenty of Man of the Match accolades for his unbelievable work ethic. The midfielder has become an all round box-to-box midfielder, winning the ball from the opponents, exercising consistency in his passing and getting forward and contributing in the final third too.
Unfortunately he was played on the wing one too many times on Sunday, the West Brom fixture turned out to be an unfortunate match for the 22-year-old. He seemed to pick up and knock and struggled to get too involved. But he was still able to get into promising positions on a few occasions which bodes well for his return after the international break. One thing we learned from the weekend is Ramsey needs to be playing centrally, he is too in-form to be played out of position. Partnered with Flamini, the duo provides Arsenal with the right balance in midfield.