Now that’s the Aaron Ramsey we have come to know and love. A fine volley against Stoke City last weekend seems to have given the Welshman the confidence he needs to become the influential player he was last season.
He was certainly the best player in the first half, feeding the animal that is Lukas Podolski for the opener, then extending Arsenal’s lead after some fine work from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain allowed Ramsey to slot home a nice finessed finish.
Now this needs a separate paragraph:
Arsenal’s third was incredible. After a Joel Campbell corner was cleared, a lurking Ramsey absolutely thunder bastarded the ball on the volley from 30-yards. This season usually you’d expect a similar effort of Ramsey’s to go sky high and out of the grounds. But with his unfavorable left peg it soured into the top corner. It was phenomenal. Even with two goalkeepers that would’ve been un-savable. An extraordinary finish and incredible technique.
It seems Sanogo and Szczesny thought so too. Their reactions were hilarious.
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Here’s the worldie:
Now don’t get me wrong this certainly doesn’t vindicate Wenger and his men (including Rambo) for the poor performances and results recently. But one thing is for sure, it’s a brilliant boost of confidence which will hopefully transpire in their home fixture this weekend against a resurgent Newcastle United.
Ramsey will hope to build on his excellent performance in Istanbul, a place where he’s now scored five times in his last three visits. The Welshman’s form has been erratic this season and has been a shadow of the player who drove us forward last season. But on Tuesday night he put in some good tackles, worked hard and stepped up to the plate.
With Alexis Sanchez pulling all the strings at the minute it’s essential we have others around him looking to shoulder some of the creative burden and feed the hungry Chilean.
To answer the original question ‘is Ramsey playing himself into form?’ I think he may well be. Wenger has kept faith in the midfielder even at times when he had other options similarly to when Ramsey struggled in 2012/13. During the tail end of that season he was instrumental in helping Arsenal reach fourth spot and developed a rhythm. Let’s hope he can continue on the same track.