On February 27th, 2011, Aaron Ramsey suffered his worst fate as a professional footballer while playing for Arsenal.
During our away game at the Britannia Stadium against Stoke, both Ramsey and Stoke captain, Ryan Shawcross went for a loose ball, but what happened next was utterly shocking.
Shawcross was late and over the top, and as a result Ramsey suffered a horrendous double leg fracture and was ruled out for close to a year. After the game, poor Shawcross was in tears as he insisted that he had no intention to hurt the Gunners midfielder and as a result, he was so upset, his Mum had to come and pick him up (no, really…).
For two years after his long recovery, Ramsey was virtually anonymous and struggles for any consistency in his game, but soon regained his best form. In the 2013/14 season, playing as an attacking midfielder, he registered an impressive 16 goals and scored the winning goal against Aston Villa in the 2014 FA Cup Final.
Since then, the Welshman has been shunted to a number of positions to accommodate other players but last season proved that manager, Arsene Wenger could have finally found his best position as the Frenchman tried the 3-4-3 formation, which enabled the 26-year-old Welshman to flourish alongside the Swiss hardman; Granit Xhaka.
The Gunners were impressive in the latter part of the season, after a switch to the formation made famous by Chelsea and only lost just once in their last 11 matches, though it wasn’t enough to secure Champions league status. Ramsey repeated his heroics and scored another FA Cup Final goal, in a 2-1 win over bitter rivals, Chelsea in one of the most entertaining Cup Finals for many years.
Alongside Xhaka, he excelled and they formed a good partnership, their combination of the good cop-bad cop role was excellent and they worked brilliantly together. Once again, this partnership will be key next season, given the manner in which they impressed when used together last term.
We are still looking light in the centre of midfield as Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere remain perpetually injured and Mohammed Elneny not quite finding his feet yet, Ramsey looks like he is going to be another important player next season.