Aaron Ramsey has grown from being a kid with potential snatched from the jaws of the cannibalistic Alex Ferguson and Manchester United to a kid with a badly broken leg to a kid that's finally finding his feet again.
Aaron Ramsey, that kid? He's good.
And by good, I mean great. It was shown pretty clearly in today's win over Fenerbahçe (hello, character I only half know how to pronounce) that he's important. He plays rather with a lot of confidence and not a lot of hesitation. His goal today was a fantastic one, but that pass in to Theo Walcott that led to Kieran Gibbs' goal? Sumptuous. That's the word I'm supposed to use, right?
There's always a thought that stats are overblown, particularly from those who see statistics as peculiar Americanisms that mean little in soccer. Er, football. Whatever. Aaron Ramsey, though: 79 passes with 86 percent accuracy. That doesn't mean he's suddenly the greatest passer that ever lived or whatnot, but that's a pretty cool little stat. He led both sides in passing.
Nobody wants to talk about tackling as a positive statistic. Frankly, I'm not sure I want to, either. But it remains the case that tackling can be a very useful thing to do, and as a result, I tend to smile upon it when it's done well. Sure, it can indicate that a player is out of position. Something. I don't know. It's one of those things we can't really say from the statistics, so in a way, it's a useless stat unless you've watched. But then again — what statistic isn't that way? Anyway, he led the team in tackles — 5.
Did we expect him to be this important?
I don't know. Maybe. But a midfield trio of Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta is an interesting proposition. A good looking one, too, but that's rather beside the point. Is it a midfield that can provide the inner workings for a successful season? I think so. I guess that just leaves us to worry about injuries and whatnot.
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