Safe to say, Aaron Ramsey received his fair share of criticism after Arsenal’s horrific performance at Anfield prior to the international break.
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville absolutely roasted the Welshman alongside four of his team-mates after the 4-0 defeat, describing some aspects of their performances as quite simply ‘disgraceful‘.
“The issue today I had in the first 15 or 20 mins – and why I was as scathing I was – is because [Mesut] Ozil, [Alexis] Sanchez, [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain, [Granit] Xhaka, Ramsey, they didn’t do most basic things I think every fan, manager, and player knows – when the ball goes past you and it goes towards your goal and your team-mates are struggling, you run back as quickly as you can. I’m naming those five – there may be more – but that is absolutely disgraceful. That doesn’t represent the Arsenal shirt or what they’re about and they’ve let themselves down as individuals.”
But in a drastic revival of form, we saw an entirely different Ramsey against Chelsea on Sunday as Arsenal held the Blues to a scoreless draw at Old Trafford.
Indeed, the 26-year-old was very much the difference for Arsenal in the engine room, putting in an incredibly disciplined performance that saw him make significant contributions off the ball – not least including two blocks, three interceptions and three tackles, helping to confound the bet online sports markets.
Accordingly, when we asked Arsenal fans earlier this week to vote for their Man of the Match from the 0-0 affair in west London, it was Ramsey who won our poll with 37% of the vote.
Arsenal continuing to get good results against top six rivals away from home will very much hinge on Ramsey regularly replicating that discipline in the middle of the park. For now though, Ramsey has at the very least redeemed himself amongst the fans following a disappointing display at Anfield.