Better than Suarez, Hazard? Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey 'best by miles' before injury, claims...

Paul Merson has bemoaned the loss of Aaron Ramsey for much of Arsenal's campaign to injury, was he really better than Liverpool and Chelsea star players?

There's no doubting just how important Aaron Ramsey was to the Arsenal side before his injury in December, and one ex-Gunner believes he was the very best in the league.

Casting aside the impact of Luis Suarez and Eden Hazard to their respective clubs, Merson argued on SkySports that Ramsey eclipsed all players in the league prior to his injury.

The Welshman was a sure fire contender for Player of the Year honours, but his absence from late December to early April has cost him that shot.

Merson said: "Ramsey was the best player in the country. By a million miles. His goals were important, he was scoring the first goals, winning goals, he was getting the equalisers."

We decided to take a look at the impact of each player on their respective teams, assessing on the percentage of goals their strikes made up during week's 1-19. For Luis Suarez we have examined weeks 6-19, owing to his suspension early in the season.


  TeamPos% of Arsenal's 37 goals weeks 1-19
Aaron Ramsey Arsenal MF 21.62


  TeamPos% of Liverpool's 39 goals weeks 6-19
Luis Suarez Liverpool FW 54.29


  TeamPos% of Chelsea's 35 goals weeks 1-19
Eden Hazard Chelsea MF 22.86

For Ramsey, a midfielder who was slated last season by a section of his own support, to bag more than 20 per cent of his team's goals is quite astounding.

And that's in the Premier League alone, not taking into account strikes in the Champions League including the winner at Borussia Dortmund.

But as the statistics above show, he is not the only one to prove so crucial to their team's goal ratio. Chelsea's Eden Hazard even outdid him across 19 games in terms of percentage of his team's goals.

Luis Suarez meanwhile, he was playing at a different level when he came back and took his frustrations out on the Premier League's defences.

Ramsey was superb, and very important to Arsenal, but suggesting he was a million miles better than the rest of the Premier League, isn't quite right.

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