Player Profile: Aaron Ramsey
Arsenal's Welsh wizard will be leaving the club at the end of the season after agreeing to a pre-contract agreement with Italian giants Juventus.
He's highly unlikely to feature for the Gunners in the Europa League final after sustaining an injury against Napoli earlier in the competition. As the 29-year-old box-to-box midfielder embarks on a new chapter of his career, we feel it's a great time to take a closer look at him and his attributes.
Who is the man nicknamed Rambo? 📊
Aaron Ramsey grew up quickly in football. At Cardiff City, he contested an FA Cup final against Manchester United as a 17-year-old and then made the move to Arsenal after a deal with Manchester United fell through. United even famously announced they had struck a deal with Ramsey's representatives, only for the Gunners to swoop in.
In over a decade at Arsenal, Ramsey has proved his worth but he had to endure plenty of hardship along the way. He has his leg broken sickeningly at Stoke City by Ryan Shawcross in 2010, battled back from the injury, had numerous understandable setbacks and faced some harsh criticism from fans when he couldn't produce consistency on the pitch.
He scored winners in two separate FA Cup finals and notched an impressive 10 goals and eight assists in the Premier League in 2013/2014 from central midfield.
Playing style & strengths 🏴
Ramsey is a complete modern midfielder. He's versatile enough to play in a variety of formations, either at the base of a midfield two or operating in the three behind a striker. For Wales, he operates as a number 10 and he's given similar creative freedom and license at Arsenal. Ramsey's engine and stamina mean that he's an invaluable member of a side in the latter stages of matches against tiring defenders.
There's also a flamboyance in his Arsenal that isn't usually associated with British players. Ramsey combines brilliant technique, excellent off-the-ball-movement and a knack for arriving in the box at the right time, making him a regular scorer of crucial goals. Goal-scoring midfielders really are worth their weight in gold, and Arsenal's loss will be Juventus' gain in this regard.
Ramsey also has an eye for the spectacular...
Occasionally Ramsey's positional awareness and discipline lets him down, purely because of his determination to get ahead of the ball and into goal-scoring positions. There are also times when Ramsey gives the ball away carelessly in dangerous areas when attempting unnecessarily flashy passes. Ramsey certainly thrives off the ball as opposed to on it, especially if he's running ahead of a smart deep-lying midfielder like Santi Cazorla in the past and Granit Xhaka in the present.
In the future, he'll combine with Miralem Pjanic and that should be a fruitful partnership for the Old Lady of Turin because of the complementary nature of the skill sets of the respective players.
We will definitely be following Aaron Ramsey's progress at Juventus as he takes the next step in an impressive career.
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