Arsenal and Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey seems like an enigma. He arrived in north London from Cardiff as one of the most dynamic young midfielders in the British game. However, he has not quite fulfilled his potential as a player yet at Arsenal.
However, last night’s 4-1 win over CSKA Moscow in the Europa League quarter-final first leg was one of those nights that make you believe that the midfielder can be a real asset to the team.
He looked lively and caused an admittedly shaky CSKA Moscow defence major problems. The game was Ramsey at his best and why Arsenal may want to extend his contract in north London.
Just not consistent enough
When Ramsey plays as he did against CSKA, you have to wonder why he is not that influential in every game. Granted not every defence will be as generous as Thursday night’s opponents, but still, Ramsey is infuriatingly inconsistent.
Too many games he does not contribute enough to the team. That is why at 27-years old he has not quite fulfilled his supposed potential.
One of Ramsey’s main problems during his Arsenal career has been staying fit and injury-free. The Wales midfielder has failed to feature in 12 of the Gunners Premier League games so far this season, which is a fair amount for any player.
Maybe he could stay injury-free he could find some of consistency in his performance and become the player that many expected him to become. Until he manages that, we may never know just how good a player Aaron Ramsey can be.
He obviously has talent and the knack of being an influential player for the team on his day. His six goals and eight assists in the top-flight prove that he does have it in him to become a very effective player.
Arsenal needs Ramsey at his best in the Europa League
Ramsey’s brace against CSKA Moscow helped the Gunners to put one foot into the last-four of the Europa League. The north London side are odds of 5/2 to win the Europa League this season, second favourites behind seasoned European outfit Atletico Madrid.
For Arsenal to win the Europa League, the Gunners need Ramsey to be in the sort of form he displayed on Thursday night. If he can continue to stay fit and perform in the same manner, then he could be a key player in Arsene Wenger’s team winning the trophy.
Will Aaron Ramsey ever find consistency?