By Josh Powell | West Brom v Arsenal
Aaron Ramsey’s recent displays have had pundits purring, fans singing his name. We’re barely into October and Ramsey has racked up the highest goals tally for a season in his career.
Better than that, he’s also made Piers Morgan look like a right wally. That’s something every football fan can enjoy and appreciate.
What DOES Wenger see in Ramsey? A complete and utter liability. #Arsenal
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 4, 2012
So Ramsey cocked it up again? His continued presence in Arsenal's 1st team is yet another reason why I say Wenger's lost it. #Arsenal
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 11, 2012
As much as we like to laugh at Piers’ knee-jerk over-reactions – and we really do like to laugh – Ramsey has come on considerably since Mr Morgan took to Twitter in December. Just a quick look at the stats show how Ramsey has already improved in this campaign.
Ramsey’s top flight record
|2012/13 season||2013/14 season|
|Passes per game||53||76|
|Key passes per game||1.3||1.2|
|Dribbles per game||0.9||1.3|
|Tackles per game||2||5.5|
|Interceptions per game||1.2||1.7|
Aaron Ramsey’s goals are the main talking point for Arsenal fans, but his growing influence on the game as a whole is worth taking note.
The Welshman is averaging 23 more passes every game this year and gets himself on the ball every 76 seconds for Arsenal. Going forward he has made 134 passes in the final third with a 78 per cent success rate. That’s a better record in the attacking third than Eden Hazard (78 per cent), Yaya Toure (77 per cent) and Tottenham’s Paulinho (75 per cent).
Defensively Ramsey is also contributing a lot more to the team this term, which is pretty crucial when you consider Laurent Koscielny is one through ball away from a complete clusterf***. Rambo puts in, on average, more than five tackles a game, winning 88 per cent of them. He has also successfully broken up play with 10 interceptions – Koscielny and Kieran Gibbs are the only two Arsenal players with more this term.
Who needs Robin when you’ve got Ramsey?
In terms of an attacking force, Ramsey has been key in all competitions for Arsenal this season.
Yes, Mesut Ozil is a more attractive attacking player. He cost £42 million from Real Madrid, he’s German, he was in the 2012 UEFA Team of the Year and he racked up the most assists at the 2010 World Cup.
Aaron Ramsey will probably never get to play in a World Cup, but his presence going forward for the Gunners is up there with Ozil over the last month or so.
Since arriving at the Emirates Ozil has chipped in with one goal and four assists in 428 minutes of football. That means, on average he is involved in a goal every 86 minutes. Ramsey has knocked in eight goals and racked up three assists in 898 minutes of action. That’s an even better average of being involved in a goal every 82 minutes.
Brace yourself Baggies
Ramsey has four goals in Arsenal’s last three Premier League games and can continue that run away at West Brom on Sunday. The midfielder is 13/2 to open the scoring at the Hawthorns and 15/8 to find the back of the net at anytime. He is 11/1 to knock in two or more and it is 11/4 that Ramsay gets his name on the scoresheet at anytime in an Arsenal win.
How Piers Morgan will react to Ramsey’s performance this weekend is anybody’s guess.