After 12 years, Aaron Ramsey’s time at Arsenal is finally coming to an end and for many fans, it’s still quite incredible the talisman midfielder is actually leaving. Allowing the Welsh midfielder to leave for Italian side Juventus on a free could be a decision that comes back to bite the club in the future, but we’re not here to talk about that.
Over the years Ramsey has not only been one of Arsenal’s most important players but also one of the most productive midfielders in the Premier League since finding his feet in the 2013/14 season, but out of his current Gunners teammates who did the former Cardiff City player enjoy the most success with in front of goal, and who will accordingly miss him the most?
Football FanCast takes a look at the five players Ramsey produced the most joint goal participations with, either setting them up or scoring them himself…
Mesut Ozil – 12 goal contributions
Out of any midfielder still at the club, Ramsey has played alongside Mesut Ozil for the most amount of minutes, and of course, that means goal contributions between the two are largely inevitable.
The majority of their link-ups came in Ramsey’s best season for the Gunners in the 2013/14 season that saw the pair combine six times in that campaign alone. Although the Welshman’s departure will be a cause of concern for Arsenal fans, Ozil is unlikely to lose much sleep due to the fact their last link-up came in the 2017/18 campaign.
Alexandre Lacazette – 8 goal contributions
Alexandre Lacazette might have only been at Arsenal for two seasons, but the French striker has already asserted himself as a fan favourite at the club and a player that has benefited well with playing alongside the likes of Ramsey.
As well as striking a healthy partnership, the duo have knack of linking up against big teams in the Premier League, with Lacazette scoring against Manchester City and Manchester United as well as Tottenham from Ramsey assists, while the Welshman also scored against Arsenal’s north London rivals in March thanks to a pass from the former Lyon man.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 6 goal contributions
It seems only fitting that one of Arsene Wenger’s lengthiest investments in Ramsey and his most expensive ever signing in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would combine on the iconic Arsenal manager’s final game in charge of the club.
A 1-0 win against Huddersfield was an ideal send-off for Wenger from two players that have made a big impact on the club, with Ramsey being the man to end the Gunners’ trophy drought and Aubameyang looking set to become an Arsenal icon in the future.
Hector Bellerin – 5 goal contributions
The number easily could have been higher had Hector Bellerin not ruptured his ACL this season, but five contributions from the right-back and Ramsey is still a healthy return considering their positions.
The Spanish defender scored against Liverpool in a 4-1 win for the Gunners with the help of a Ramsey assist and Bellerin returned the favour a year later, setting up the Juventus bound midfielder in the north London derby in a 2-2 draw.