Speaking after Arsenal’s 3-1 win against Sunderland yesterday, Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey highlighted the importance of the win and the momentum it gives to the team heading into December’s crowded fixture list (via Arsenal.com). Ramsey, who recently returned from an injury himself, was shifted into his natural central midfield role due to the absence of Santi Cazorla and he certainly had a much bigger impact when compared to his game against Norwich City.
The 24-year old seemed to enjoy the greater freedom he was given, and certainly got into a lot of dangerous positions going forward. The only thing missing for Ramsey was the final touch however, as he scuffed a couple of rather good chances before finally netting our third goal in injury time. The player admitted that he needed to improve, while also calling on the team to keep up their momentum, saying, “Yes it was very important to get the win after losing one game and drawing another and it was important to get back to winning ways and close the gap on the top and it was nice to do it at home in front of the fans.
“It is really close at the moment. Teams are taking points off each other so it is going to be tight all the way through and it is important to keep ourselves in the race for this busy time and into the New Year and it was a good way to start ahead of December.
“It felt really good today. I feel a lot more comfortable and it suited my game a lot better, I could time my runs into the box and get on the end of things and I could have had two or three goals but at the end of the day I’m happy.”
Ramsey’s best season for us was the 2013-14 season where the Welshman was scoring almost at will as we raced to the top of the table. During that time, he was played in a similar deep midfield role, and it is no coincidence that he got onto the scoresheet yesterday from that same position. He is not exactly the most clinical of finishers, relying instead on good positioning to do most of the work for him. Playing in the centre of the field offers him those opportunities more often, and I think it’s safe to say that we will be seeing him on the scoreboard a lot more frequently over the next month or so. Whether he does enough to retain that spot once Cazorla returns is another question however.