Gunners midfielder Aaron Ramsey has been one of the most impressive players in the Premier League this season. The young midfielder has scored ten goals in all competitions this season.
The Wales international will be looking for that form to continue in Arsenal’s home game with Norwich on Saturday, where the Gunners are 2/7 favourites for victory and the visitors 9/1 for victory.
Ramsey has made a blistering start to the campaign, his best start to a season to date. Many would argue that he has probably been the Gunners most influential player this season so far. This impressive start may have come as a slight surprise, but the youngster has always had potential to be a fine player.
The midfielder has always been mature for his age and it seems that he is not resting on his laurels. He has vowed to keep improving and learning.
He told Sky Sports: “I think there is more to come, I’m still only 22, I still need to do better and learn a few more things but the boss (Arsene Wenger) is telling me about that, things like positioning defensively.
“So there’s definitely more to come and I’m looking forward to that. When you haven’t got the ball, while we’re defending – sometimes I am not always where I need to be.
“I need to be playing well, be involved in the game and taking these games by the scruff of the neck and keep doing the things I’ve been doing.”
Ramsey played as a defensive midfielder earlier in the season. He did a decent job, but at times the Gunners were exposed because he is not naturally a defensive player. When playing in the role he tended to drift out of position and try to drive forward.
With Mathieu Flamini now ensconced in the anchor role in midfield it is unlikely that Ramsey will return to that role anytime soon. His talents are best used further up the field, as he has shown for the majority of the season.
Ramsey is a versatile player, and that is another string to his bow, but I doubt many expect him become a world-class defensive midfielder. However, to become the complete midfielder he will need to work on his defensive work, as it will only help improve his all-round game and understanding as a player.
Aaron Ramsey’s early season form has led to comparisons with the likes of Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard and Chelsea’s Frank Lampard. This season his form has been very consistent, but he still has some way to go to match the England duo in terms of performing on a consistent basis season-in season-out.
Ramsey needs to perform consistently well for the rest of the season and improve his game, then those comparisons may prove slightly more realistic. The youngster has been through a lot in his short career already, but I know I would not bet against him continuing to improve and becoming a world-class midfielder in the near future.
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