What were critics saying of ‘dramatic’ Arsenal star Ramsey a year ago?

Critics, me included, could be eating humble pie by the end of the season after Aaron Ramsey's impressive campaign continued.

After Arsenal’s 3-1 win against Sunderland yesterday it isn’t difficult to guess who he is talking about in these post match statements:

"He is a different player to one year ago in September. Many people questioned him, so credit to him. He works very hard and has improved dramatically. It’s absolutely fantastic what he is doing."

Yep, it is of course Aaron Ramsey. The Welshman has had an absolutely incredible start to the 2013-14 season, and continued that form with an excellent double against Sunderland yesterday.

But as Wenger alluded to in his post-match comments, it was a far cry to what was being said about the talented midfielder at the start of last season.

Around this time last year Aaron Ramsey started a game against Manchester City - a decision that was widely criticised by Gunners fans on social media.

People couldn’t fathom his utilisation with some even suggesting Francis Coquelin should be playing ahead of the then Wales captain.

Coquelin is now struggling to make an impact on loan with SC Freiburg, while Ramsey has been possibly the star of Arsenal’s season so far.

It wasn’t long after this, at the start of October that he was stripped of his Wales captaincy - now there is talk of it being handed back to him.

Over the past year Ramsey has done a lot to answer the critics - I should know, I was one of them, and finally live up to the promise he demonstrated before his horror leg break in 2010.

A lot of his recent success is down to playing in his best position, but it is clear he himself has put plenty of hard work into discovering the class act that lied beneath the surface of a shy lad from Caerphilly.

It took another Welsh wonder time to settle in North London before becoming the world’s most expensive player, and while it would be ludicrous to suggest that a similar fate to Gareth Bale lies ahead for Ramsey - you cannot deny his excellence so far this season.

If he can be consistent this season, and continue what has been an excellent start to the campaign - then he would be as good as a new signing for Wenger and Arsenal - and a feather in the cap for Wenger’s faith in his youth scouting and development policy.

What have you made of Aaron Ramsey’s season so far?

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