Despite a horrible slump of form in the second half of the season that saw us lose the Premier League title after leading the table comfortably for most of the year, there were a few positives from the last campaign. Aaron Ramsey was one of these positives; a brilliant start last season saw him score quite a few goals, and he was instrumental in winning several games for us quite single-handedly. The away match at his former club, Cardiff City, was one such game, where Ramsey scored a brace in front of an adoring crowd.
As a result of his efficiency, he became an integral part of the Arsenal midfield last season, and barring the time sidelined because of injury, retained his place. Even this season, he is a regular starter alongside Jack Wilshere in the central midfield role. And Ramsey, speaking to Arsenal.com, revealed that he was enjoying the added responsibility:
I made my debut when I was 16 so I’ve been playing for a number of years and been learning my trade if you like. I think I’ve always been quite mature for my age. I moved here when I was 17 and had to grow up pretty quickly.
Now I feel like I am as mature as I can be. I’ve got a lot more responsibility and I’ve become used to that and it feels good. I just want to improve on last season and try to become the best player I can possibly be.
The 23-year-old was voted the club’s Player of the Season for 2013/14 after scoring 16 goals in all competitions, including the winner in the FA Cup final. That match was unforgettable as it ended Arsenal’s long wait for a trophy.
The Wales international is also a prominent member of his national side, where he plays alongside the most expensive player in the world, Gareth Bale. As such, with the quality that surrounds him, the talented midfielder is sure to become better and better as time passes.
It was nice [to score the winner in the FA Cup final] but hopefully I can have more than that – hopefully it’s not the only thing I achieve.
I’m confident I can improve and have many more of those wonderful moments. I’m really excited with the way things are developing and about what the future holds.
Clearly the player has large dreams, and the potential to achieve them. It remains to be seen whether he – and Arsenal – manage to do so this season.