Aaron Ramsey had a breakout season last year, scoring 16 goals in all competitions, and was one of the major players for the Gunners. He was largely responsible for some of the early wins that propelled us to the top of the table, where we stayed for most of the season.
Ramsey was also the one who scored the winner in the FA Cup final, which ended Arsenal’s long wait of nine years without a trophy. After such a brilliant season, it was obvious that people would have high expectations of him this campaign. But he has so far failed to live up to the expectations.
Although he has found the net three times so far this season, he is not as fluent as he was last season, and has sometimes struggled in the middle of the pitch. But Wenger believes that this is because the player is putting too much pressure on himself, and it will only be a short while before he is back to full form.
Speaking to arsenal.com, Wenger revealed that he believes Ramsey is trying too hard, and he lost track of what his role is. But now he seems to have regained sight of the basics, and thus Wenger says the goals will flow from the midfielder over the coming months.
He is back now. He had a little moment when he was not at his best but that can happen. I am fully confident that he is back.
He always wants to play. He has a terrific engine and on the pitch he never hides, so when he sometimes makes a mistake it is [noticeable] – but if you look at his overall contribution to the team, it is always fantastic.
Yes sometimes [he may have been trying too hard]. I believe he felt a bit more pressure to score. You always have to come back to basics. What is my job? Midfielder, win the ball and give a good pass.
After that, with his natural engine, a consequence of that is he will have chances. But if you play like [you believe that you] have to score, every time you want to be in the box you forget a little bit of the basics of the job.
He is a Lampard type and when you watch the picture again, who is in the box? Oh, my friend Aaron is there – but he has to start from midfield.
Clearly, the boss has high expectations of Ramsey too. The 23 year old Welshman is an integral part of the team, and if he does regain the form of last season, then Arsenal will be a difficult team to beat.
The comparison to Chelsea legend Lampard is also interesting. Lampard was famous for his late runs into the box, arriving just in time to steer in the ball. Ramsey’s natural positioning and movements allow him to be in similar positions. Lampard went on to become the record goalscorer for his club; and while that may not be so easy for Ramsey, he can easily become an Arsenal legend if he plays to his full potential.