Once hailed as the future of Welsh football, Aaron Ramsey’s post-injury form has been indifferent to say the least. Often utilised on the wing due to his versatility, the former Wales captain has witnessed the return of Jack Wilshere and the arrival of Santi Cazorla, both of whom have fallen ahead in the pecking order.
The partnership of Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey was believed to be future of Arsenal football club. With the mass exodus in recent years of some of Arsenal’s finest talents, the British core would represent loyalty to the club, one that appreciated the values of playing for a prestigious football club.
Never fully hitting the heights that many had expected, it was anticipated that his immediate future might lie elsewhere. However, after recently declaring his commitment to the club by signing a long-term contract alongside fellow British players; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs, Jack Wilshere and Carl Jenkinson, Arsene Wenger will be hoping he can achieve the confidence and form he once displayed that made him so highly regarded across the country.
However, ex Arsenal striker and Wales assistant manager John Hartson believes that it may be in the young midfielder’s best interest to have a period on loan away from Arsenal. Hartson said to the BBC:
I just think he [Ramsey] needs that run of games. Maybe if he did go out on loan [he'd get that], because he doesn’t seem to start many games at Arsenal now and when he does start he’s brought off and he doesn’t look happy.
Whilst a loan period away from the club would give Ramsey consistency, staying and fighting for a place would prove to be far more valuable. Ramsey gives Arsenal strength in depth; with even many calling for the Welshman to start in the centre on a number of occasions. With Cazorla looking jaded at times, giving Ramsey a starting berth alongside Wilshere in the centre would seem to be the logical and beneficial.
Ramsey offers a more direct approach in comparison to the likes of Cazorla, often driving with the ball playing with a sense of urgency. Whilst often being accused of over-elaborating, his eagerness to impress has to be seen as a show of desire and hunger to do well for the club.
There’s no doubt that references to the Welshman’s horrific injury would have become tiresome to the player. The fact of the matter is that prior to the injury, Ramsey was heavily involved in first team duties and his form was at its peak. He was given a run in the side in his favoured position, a position where he could use his full capabilities and excel.
Currently, he’s being utilised scarcely, with the current crop of talent involved with the club, it would be hard to dismantle them for their starting berth. Santi Cazorla is a Spain International for quite possibly one of the greatest International sides of all time and Jack Wilshere is a full England International who many consider to be the future of English football. However, his chances will arrive, Cazorla is in his first Premier League season and will no doubt succumb to the physical demands of the English game.
Whether it is a cameo appearance of a rare start, he must demonstrate his capabilities and continue to learn off those around him. He will play a big part in Arsenal’s future, but at the moment he must surrender to being second choice player. Looking to impose himself in Arsene Wenger’s mind when given the chance must be his primary objective.
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