Aaron Ramsey has earned rich praise from Arsene Wenger after turning in a powerhouse performance in Arsenal’s impressive 3-1 victory over Manchester City at the weekend.
Ramsey was at the heart of all that was good about the Gunners in the friendly win over Manuel Pelligrini’s side in the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki, Finland.
The Wales star, 22 ,helped himself to a goal and set up Theo Walcott – another of Wenger’s stand-out players on the day – in a display that had the Frenchman purring.
He said: “I have always believed in Aaron and I think he has shown again what a tremendous engine and what desire he has.
“His vision has improved and his tactical aspect has improved a lot. He’s growing into a very strong player.”
Arsenal fans will be hoping that Ramsey uses the upcoming campaign to finally produce the goods for the Gunners and reach the potential that Wenger saw in him when he signed him from Cardiff for £5million in 2008.
Ramsey’s career has stalled and his performances have been topsy-turvey since the horror tackle by Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross left him with a double fracture of his leg back in 2010. The player affectionately known as Rambo by Gooners was sidelined for nine months but it was clear that his full rehabilitation would take a lot longer, considering the mental aspect he had to overcome given the hideous nature of the incident at the Britannia Stadium.
The Emirates faithful, Wenger and Ramsey himself would love nothing more than for the real Aaron Ramsey to stand up and be counted when the big kick-off starts this Saturday when Arsenal host Aston Villa at the Emirates.
Meanwhile, another player who will be brimming with confidence after scoring and delivering a super display against City is Walcott.
And Wenger has spoken of his delight at the progress which he sees in the England winger.
He said: “Walcott put in a great performance. I’m happy with both sides of his game – he defended very well and set up two goals. His game has improved tremendously because he’s an intelligent player. When you’re intelligent, you always improve.”