The 23 year old scored 16 goals and got 9 assists last season, despite missing several months through injury and also scored the winning goal in the FA Cup final.
The Welshman won Arsenal’s official award after receiving over half of all votes casted by fans. He was nominated for the accolade by 58% of the supporters that voted on the club’s official website, followed by Mertesacker and Koscielny, who came in second and third respectively.
He summed up his marvellous season when speaking to the official website in March. He said:
This year I’ve proven a lot of people wrong. There was a tough time in the period after my injury but I’ve got through that and I feel really confident and feel like I’m improving with every game. I’ve been a lot more composed in front of goal and taking my chances.
I think [to get to the next level] I need to go into the big games and really show my authority. Grab the game by the scruff of the neck and show everybody I can do it in the big matches on a consistent basis.
Arsene Wenger added:
Let’s not forget that one year ago people were saying to me, ‘It’s difficult to play him at the Emirates’. You could see there was an impatience with him. As a manager you think, ‘Do I push him through and he can go more down or do you give him a breather to get him a fresh start?’ That’s always difficult to assess because it is linked to their mental state. When their own confidence is down, of course they are in trouble. But he is a confident boy.
But you have to give him credit for that transformation – the credit goes to him because he could deal with that. He could come back, never give up and convince everybody that he has the needed quality.
Usually, when someone misses as many games as Ramsey, then it would be difficult to win the best player award. However, such was the extent to which Ramsey blew the Emirates faithful away through dazzling exhibitions of tenacity and talent, it would have been considered criminal were anyone else name instead.
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If you would have told someone that the Welshman would pick up the honour prior to the Premier campaign’s commencement, they’d have laughed, such was his illustrious rise this season. His absence through injury coincided with a dramatic downturn in results, which effectively ended Arsenal’s title campaign and highlighted just how important he was to the team.
Hopefully he can continue this form because he is a true talent whose progress was halted by an awful injury. He has produced his best season to date and it would be great for the Gunners if he could continue this form into the new season.
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