Ian Wright believes Aaron Ramsey is going to be key to our success in the upcoming weeks, and was full of praise for the Welshman after his goal and assist against Sunderland this past Saturday.
Ramsey received plenty of plaudits for his performance against Sunderland, despite it arguably being less than deserved at times. As usual he put a huge amount of effort in, but things really weren’t going right for him for large parts of the game.
He eventually got his goal though, poking in at close range off a Calum Chambers cross-cum-shot.
In the first half he was as poor as anyone on the pitch, and his wayward passing and poor decision making put us in trouble on a number of occasions. He was also getting forward far too much, despite Mathieu Flamini needing more help in midfield – although whether we can blame Ramsey entirely for that is questionable.
He was wasteful in possession on more than one occasion, and took a few wild shots where he really should have done better or perhaps looked for the pass. Without an assist and a goal to his name it would have been a sub par performance no question, but goals (and assists) are what win you games.
At least we can see that the tireless midfielder is getting into the right positions when he gets forward, so hopefully this confidence boosting performance will inspire him to find the net more often.
It is well known that Ramsey wants to play centrally rather than out wide, and Santi Cazorla’s absence should give him an extended chance to show that’s where he belongs. Wright is correct when he says Ramsey will be key to our success in the build up to Christmas, and proving whether or not he can replace the Spaniard in the middle will be massive.
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One thing he is likely to offer over the 30-year-old is more of a goal threat, and hopefully he can find the form he showed in 2013/14 on returning to his favoured central role.