For those that didn’t watch the Arsenal humiliation of Everton last Saturday, it would have been surprising to hear that Wales international, Aaron Ramsey scored a hat-trick against the beleaguered Merseysiders. Ramsey has long been a player that had the potential to deliver, but always seem to struggle when the occasion was primed for him to show his ability.
He seems to be showing the promise of his earlier career. Arsenal signed him from Cardiff City in the summer of 2008, and 10 years on, is now a very important member of the first team. In a performance reminiscent of Chelsea legend, Frank Lampard at his very best, Ramsey kept getting into the right positions on the edge of the Everton box, netting three times. His performance was somewhat overshadowed by the buzz around new signings, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who showed the Emirates Stadium crowd what they could do.
Many feared for the career of Ramsey after he suffered a nasty leg break at the hands of Stoke defender, Ryan Shawcross in 2010, leaving him out of action for close to 10 months and affecting his psychology. In the years that have followed in that time, Ramsey has become very crucial to how Arsenal play, as he offers movement in and around the box. His numbers are inconsistent and he must work on that aspect of his game, though the way he plays the game show a level of maturity not quite seen before.
At 27, he is at the perfect age to develop and show the world what he can do every week, though his development has also been stunted by his injury worries over the years. He scored just once in the Premier League last term, but has registered 6 goals and creating a further 6 in just 18 games, facts that point to better decision-making in the final third.
He is competing with the pair of Granit Xhaka and Jack Wiltshire for a place in the middle of the park, though he will most likely start if he is fit as his industry, attacking threat and awareness are superior to the other players.
Frank Lampard may be steps too far, but in Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal have a player we can build the team around.