Sergio Agüero, Eden Hazard, Yaya Toure and Luis Suarez. These are just a few of the players who have started this season in blistering form. But no one could have expected a young Welshman to become the hottest footballer in the Premier League right now. Aaron Ramsey is in the form of his life, and because of this Arsenal are sitting comfortably at the top of the Premier League and top of their Champions’ League group.
Aaron had always shown glimpses throughout his early career that he would become what he is today, even back when he was just 18 years of age playing for Cardiff City. He introduced himself to the footballing stage when he scored his first professional goal against Chase town in an impressive performance in the FA cup tie back in 2008. The following summer saw him move to current club Arsenal for £4.8 million after impressing scouts. He made his first Premier league appearance for the Gunners against Blackburn Rovers in September 2008, assisting Emmanuel Adebayor for Arsenal’s third goal in the game.
Everything was looking on the up for a young upcoming wonder kid. But then Aaron suffered a major setback. On February 27th 2010, Arsenal travelled to Stoke City in a premier league contest. Ramsey was included in the starting line-up. Aaron was tackled by Ryan Shawcross, and what resulted from the challenge was a broken leg for Ramsey. He had snapped both his tibula and fibula. No return date was initially in place and Aaron was rushed to the hospital. It would be 8 long months before he returned to training and a further month before making his first competitive appearance since the injury on loan at Nottingham Forest. Some feared he wouldnt come back the same player as he had been before the horror injury inflicted upon him.
However, since that injury he has been showing more and more that raw talent he possesses. We began to see it on the international stage as well as domestically. Aaron had been impressing in performances for Wales in 2010 and the late Gary Speed appointed him Wales Captain in 2011, aged just 21. He dazzled opponents with his quick feet and he provided more and more impressive cameos for Arsenal last season.
But this year he seems to be a completely new player. Wales’ new prodigy after Gareth Bale some would say. He has banged in 11 goals already this campaign, netting in the recent wins against Liverpool in the Premier League and Bourssia Dortmund last night, making Arsenal the first team to beat last season’s beaten finalists on their own patch since United back in 1953.
I don’t whether its’ that he is much more fitter, training harder, eating a better diet or just Arsene Wenger putting something into his lunchtime meals, but Ramsey so far has been the player of the season without a shadow of a doubt. If he carries on like this, we may see yet another multi-million bid coming in for his services either on these shores or abroad. Watch out Gareth, there’s a new welch wonder about….