Arsenal and Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey seems to be a divisive figure amongst Gunners fans. The former Cardiff ace arrived in north London as a highly promising young player.
However, the midfielder’s Arsenal career has been blighted by injuries and lack of consistency. However, slowly but surely his productiveness has improved this season.
Yesterday’s assist for Alexandre Lacazette’s goal in the Gunners 3-1 defeat by Manchester United on Sunday means that he has now produced six assists and three assists in the Premier League this season. In fact, he has produced five assists in as many games in the Premier League.
More influential than Ozil and Sanchez
Ramsey has been involved in more Premier League goals this season than the Gunners so-called ‘star’ players Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez. That fact is made even more impressive by the fact that he is playing deeper than the pair.
Ramsey is at his best driving from the centre of midfield and making late runs into the opposition box. Although he is a central midfielder, his natural instinct is to attack and be involved in the opposition box. The 26-year-old plays a more attacking role for his national team and is hugely influential for the Dragons.
A big asset on form
Ramsey may not have lived up to his potential. However, when in form he is a very good player and a big asset to the team. He has shown that in the past he has the football intelligence to link up with his teammates to be a vital part of the Gunners attacking play.
With a favourable run of fixtures coming up, Ramsey will no doubt be hoping to continue to contribute in the final third for the Gunners. He is a player that tends to go on streaks of assists and goals, so long may it continue.
Arsenal out of the top-four once again
Saturday’s defeat saw the Gunners slip out of the Champions League spots. Arsene Wenger’s side are now fifth place, but just a point behind fourth-place Liverpool in the race for a top-four spot.
The north London club remain odds of 11/8 to claim a Champions League spot this season. Those odds have altered very little since the start of the season, though, as Wenger’s side has faced fierce competition for a top-four place since the beginning of the season.
The Gunners were good going forward against United, only to be denied by a brilliant display of goalkeeping from David De Gea. However, they must improve in defence if they are to claim a top-four spot this season.
Can Aaron Ramsey continue his recent run of productivity for Arsenal?