Arsenal and Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey seems to have been on the end of a lot of criticism this season, after not making the best start to the Gunners campaign. Ramsey appeared for his country in a very creditable 0-0 draw against Belgium in their Euro 2016 qualifier last night.
Ramsey has enjoyed a slow start to his campaign and has scored just three times in his 17 appearances for club and country this season. That record is in stark contrast to last season when he scored 16 goals, despite missing most of the second half of the campaign.
Ramsey believes criticism of his form is unfair and told the Daily Mail: ‘I’m not worried. I know my qualities,’
‘I’ve had a few injuries this season and I’m just getting back. To be honest, I’m still not 100 per cent physically there. It does take a bit out of me.
‘It will take me a few more games to be back to my best. I’m not worried. Certain criticism from people is unfair.’
The former-Cardiff star is very injury-prone. He missed the second half of last season through injury and has already missed three weeks of the current campaign through injury. If he is going to get back to the form of last season then he has to stay fit and clear of any knocks, that seems impossible for him at the moment.
Despite being mature in his outlook, Aaron Ramsey has always struck me as a confidence player. For so long he was underrated by Arsenal fans and often used as a scapegoat for the team’s underachievement.
For a lot of young players that would have been enough to destroy their confidence completely. However, last season Ramsey proved his doubters wrong and when he was scoring goals was starting to look like the complete midfielder and a far more confident player.
At 23 years-old he is still a young player and he has enough criticism launched at him to last a lifetime. He needs a goal or a good performance for the confidence of last season to return, maybe that will come when Arsenal face Manchester United on Saturday, a game that the Gunners are odds of 6/5 to win.
Aaron Ramsey proved in the first half of last season that he could be a match winner for the Gunners. Hopefully once he regains his full match fitness then he will also regain his form and he will silence his doubters once again.
Is criticism of Aaron Ramsey’s form this season unfair?