Aaron Ramsey was man of the match in the 2-2 draw at Villa Park last evening as The England U21’s qualified for the 2009 UEFA European U21 Championship finals in Sweden. In a bravura display of midfield mastery, the young gunner orchestrated the Welsh midfield with a series of deft touches, pin point passes and a kind of awareness seen only in world class players 10 years older than himself.
I may be indulging in a little hyperbole, but what I witnessed last night has me believing that Aaron Ramsey is not only as good as Cesc Fabregas at the same age, but he has the potential to become better than the Spanish wizard. I am so happy that he is an Arsenal player. If, and that’s a big if, Fabregas leaves our club in the summer for Barcelona, Arsenal fans should not worry in the slightest.
Yet again, the person responsible for ensuring continuity of excellence is Arsene Wenger, and he must take full credit for ensuring that we possess some of the best talent of the next generation of world class footballers. Aaron Ramsey set about his task yesterday with a quiet unassuming display. He easily outplayed the England midfielders from his central role.
Aaron Ramsey’s goal on 24 minutes was utterly spectacular. A crisply struck left foot shot from 30yards out that curled outwards into the top left hand corner of Joe Harts goal, leaving the English keeper no chance. That goal was very special. I have searched the Internet for the video, but Setanta clearly have the copyright and you can access the highlights video here. Shortly afterwards he laid on a ball with such precise weight and accuracy that his team mate Church from Reading had the easy part of slotting the ball home for the equaliser.
Brian Flynn coach of the Wales U21 team said
“I’ve known him since he was 14 and he can be whatever he wants,” said Flynn. “I see him as a top six Premier League player and a top international player in Europe.
“At this stage I would say he’s as good as Fabregas was as a 17-year-old. He’s moved to London – it’s a big move for a young man – and he and can establish himself in the Premier League.
“And he’s Welsh and he speaks Welsh. He ticks all the boxes. He’s also a good rugby player and a good long distance runner as well.”
Well said Mr Flynn, I would agree with you. Aaron Ramsey is as good as Cesc Fabregas and Gooners the world over will soon be singing his praises. Together with Samir Nasri, Carlos Vela, Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott we have a the foundation of an attacking unit that will rule the Premiership in a manner that Manchester United Giggs, Beckham and Neville did in the mid nineties. The challenge now is to keep these players at our club, at whatever cost.
Fabregas the King.