Aaron Ramsey, From Zero to Hero
there’s one Arsenal player who has received massive amounts of abuse from Arsenal fans, its Aaron Ramsey. Game in game out, the Welshman has received a great amount of stick, thankfully, that’s starting to reduce and abuse is turning into praise. There are a few things about Aaron Ramsey that make me love him even more as a player.
Ramsey was signed from Cardiff for 4.8 million back in 2008. At that point he was still a teenager. Despite his young age, Ramsey was stunning people with some great performances, a bit like Jack Wilshere before his major injury. However, we all know what happened on 27 February 2010 at the Britannia Stadium. A will not insert a picture as its very sensitive. Thanks to a crushing tackle from Ryan Shawcross, Ramsey suffered a broken tibia and fibula, his motivation had been destroyed, his momentum had been destroyed, his self belief had been destroyed….as far as most Arsenal fans were concerned.
Despite being injured, Ramsey displayed his love for the club, signing a new long term contract on the 1st of June in 2010. The Welsh wizard returned to training in October 2010, and played his first competitive game of football in on the 23rd of November 2010. In order to gain match fitness, Ramsey went out on loan to Nottingham Forest, but unfortunately, due to poor weather conditions, Ramsey only made 5 appearances for the club. After this loan, Ramsey was sent back to his former club Cardiff on a one month loan. Again the aim of this loan was just to gain match fitness.
Finally, Ramsey was fit again, sadly he wasn’t the same player he was before his major injury. He was very slow on the ball, he would make bad passes, it was very hard for Arsenal fans to not abuse him. Then came May 1st in 2011. Arsenal played United at the Emirates and Ramsey scored the winning goal, Arsenal defeated United 1-0. He stated that scoring the goal was a special moment as it helped him not to look back at his injury. In the post match interview he said the following: “Scoring the goal was a special moment for me. This was worth the wait and so many people have helped me through the tough time I had, hopefully this will give them the same satisfaction as it does me. After these remaining games, hopefully I can come back and have a good pre-season, and then go again next year. Our target was just to win the remaining games, so we have started on that. Hopefully now we can continue this and let’s see where that takes us.”
The next season, which was the 2011-2012 season, would be a very frustrating season. Ramsey was still not 100% fit, he still wasn’t the same player he used to be, but one thing was the same, he was still being abused by fans for poor performances. On the 19th of October 2011, Ramsey scored a dramatic winner vs Marseille in a very important champions league group stage match for Arsenal. Once again, after scoring such a crucial goal Ramsey won over some more fans.
Last season was the season Ramsey shut up critics. He started off the season fairly slowly and it seemed like it would be a horror season for the man from Cardiff. Ramsey impressed Wenger and many Arsenal fans in their match against City at the Etihad stadium. The young midfielder played as a right winger, an unusual role yet he flourished. As the season went on, Aaron Ramsey improved.
On the 19th of December 2012, Ramsey, alongside with Gibbs, Chamberlain, Wilshere and Jenkinson signed a new long term contract with the club. After signing the contract, Ramsey’s form improved drastically. He started putting in many man of the match performances, winning the hearts of the majority of Arsenal fans. Fans started to praise Ramsey for constantly putting in 100% and playing with his heart on his sleeve, just like Jack Wilshere. Throughout this pre-season tour of Asia, Aaron Ramsey has been our best midfielder without a doubt. It seems like he has improved his technique and foot work as he has been playing around with defenders, often just dancing past them. So far this season, Aaron Ramsey has been our best player. His tireless work and clever passes can't and haven't gone unnoticed and he deserves all the praise he has been getting. Game after game, Ramsey has put in 100% and has constantly found the back of the net. Game after game, he has been our man of the match.
Now the main question is, did Ramsey really deserve the abuse he received. Let’s take a few things into consideration. Ramsey suffered a horrific injury, some people would retire after such an injury, he didn’t. Ramsey’s mentor Gary Speed died due to suicide, Ramsey had to cope with that. Despite getting stick from Arsenal fans week in week out, Ramsey kept calm and always tried his best on the pitch, even if his best wasn’t enough. Now look at him. He is looking very promising and may be a key player for us in this upcoming season. In my opinion, if he continues improving at this rate, he’ll become one of the best box to box midfielders in the world.