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End of Season Report Arron Ramsey

May 22, 2012

Aaron Ramsey In action

Arron Ramsey

  • Born December 26, 1990 Caerphilly, Wales
  • Position Midfielder
  • Squad Number 16
  • Joined Arsenal on 13 June 2008
  • Previous Club(s) Cardiff City (loan) Nottingham Forest (loan) Cardiff City

Arsenal

in June 2008 after meeting officials from Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton, Arron Ramsey decided to join Arsenal, who paid Cardiff £4.8 million for the player. Arron said

“the main reason he chose Arsenal ahead of the other clubs that pursued his signature was the approach of Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger who flew him and his family to Switzerland to talk about the plans Wenger had for him and his potential future with Arsenal”

Wenger described Ramsey as

“a player with a fantastic engine, good build, good technique and good vision”.

Ramsey made his competitive debut for Arsenal in the Champions League against FC Twente in 2008 and his league debut a month later against Blackburn. . He scored his first goal for the club in the5–2 victory away against Fenerbahçe in the group stages of the Champions League with a long-range shot which hit the post and went in, becoming the fifth youngest scorer in Champions League history. On 1 July 2009, he signed a new long-term contract at Arsenal.

Ramsey scored his first league goal against Portsmouth in a 4–1 win. He then made his first Premier League start of the season on November 7, 2009 as Arsenal beat Wolves 4–1 Ramsey completing 90-minutes for the first time in the top-flight. Four days after the game, he was awarded the Welsh Young Player of the Year award. Ramsey scored his second league goal of the season in a comfortable 2–0 victory over Stoke RFC. Ramsey went on to score his third goal of the season, along with an assist in the 4–1 victory against Portsmouth. Ramsey then scored a 78th minute equaliser in the F.A. Cup third round tie against WHU, Arsenal went on to win the tie 2–1.  Ramsey has been described by Arsène Wenger as:

“An offence-minded Roy Keane” and “an all-round player, with a fantastic ability to cover distances.”

His steady progress was checked by a sickening injury suffered at Stoke in February 2010 when Ryan Shawcross decided he’d make a tackle in an area of the pitch he didn’t need to make, well not at such force. Then Arron was treated to the sickening (for me) stock replies from experts, media and that bloke with the baseball cap about how Shawcross is “not that type of player” He is! He has form. Lots are players are that type of player. Made worse by their Neanderthal managers telling them and winding them up in the dressing room before matches to go out and let them know your there.

Arron was loaned out to Nottingham Forest in November 2010 and then onto Cardiff his former club for a month, before returning to Arsenal

Ramsey made his Arsenal return as a sub against Manchester United in the FA Cup which Arsenal lost 2–0. In May Ramsey scored his first goal of the season against Manchester United, winning the Man of the Match award. The midfielder ended the season with seven-league appearances.

Aaron started Arsenal’s opening three Premier League games this season and both legs of the Champions League tie with Udinese and then wins against Swansea, Bolton and Olympiacos. Aaron kept his place in the Arsenal midfield throughout October, scoring two goals, grabbing the equaliser in the defeat at White Hart Lane, before coming on as sub to score Arsenal’s late winner in Marseille.

“My target is to get into double figures so hopefully I can do that this season,” he said. “It’s always a nice feeling when you score a goal.”

Aaron enjoying his role behind Robin van Persie, featured in Premier League wins over West Brom and Norwich, as well as helping Arsenal into the knockout stages of the Champions League.

“I just think the players that have come in this summer [have made the difference],” he said. “Obviously it takes a bit of time to get used to each other and I think that’s been the case.”

He was rested for the draw with Wolves but started all the other available Premier League fixtures.

“The relationship has definitely grown as the season’s gone on,” he said on his partnership with Mikel Arteta. “I think that’s shown in the fact that we’ve each had a number of assists, and even though we can still learn a lot more from each other we definitely have a much better understanding of each others’ games now.”

In January Aaron started all three fixtures over the month and both FA Cup wins over Leeds and Aston Villa.

“What I think people forget about Ramsey is it is his first full season really,” said Arsene Wenger. “For me, he is growing month to month and people are a bit impatient with him. I am very happy with what he is delivering and when Wilshere comes back they can play together.”

Aaron scored his fifth goal of the season from the bench in the win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. he also started in the Champions League and FA Cup against AC Milan and Sunderland.

“We have good team spirit here and belief that we can still win any game,” he said. “It was nice for me to get on the score sheet against Sunderland, as well as Thierry getting the winner.”

“He always looks like he will score but doesn’t score at the moment,” said Arsene Wenger. “Once that will be done I think he will be more relaxed in front of goal and score more. He has played many games this year and for a first season that is tremendous”

Aaron started in the draw against Norwich and featured as a second-half substitute in the crucial final-day victory at West Brom.

I think Arron started the season well enough and then suddenly dropped of the pace. Maybe he was trying to hard. He has a great engine and could be a very good box to box player in the Roy Keane mode with any of Wilshere, Song or Arteta alongside. Arron needs to up his game when it comes to scoring. He gets in great positions, but often takes the wrong choice and has missed quite a few easy chances this season. He passing became erratic and very wayward and parts of Arsenal’s support were starting to get at him. There is always a player who has to be the brunt of the supporters Ire. Even tweets of deaths threats and abuse on Twitter which is just crazy. It does make me wonder at times with Arsenal players on Twitter themselves what they actually makes of football fans today. Thankfully you hope they have more sense and realise this is a minority of the keyboard warriors that troll around on social networking sites.

I am sure Arron will come back stronger from this. managers like SAF, Moyes, and Wenger do not make every effort to sign a youngster if he does not have that something about him. Also being picked to be the Welsh Captain must say something about his ability and temperament.

I am also sure there is a little element of the Shawcross redemption in his head. 

Hopefully Arron will get a good rest this summer and come back as the player the managers who wanted him had hoped him to be.

Trivia

  • His first ever job was delivering papers
  • He comes from a town that is a type of cheese (Caerphilly)
  • He favourite films are the Bourne trilogy (Good taste)
  • His first car was a Ford Fiesta
  • He was offered a contract by a Rugby League club
  • His football hero was Ryan Giggs
  • He supported Cardiff City as a boy
  • His nickname is Azza

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