Wales man praises professionalism of 'world class' Arsenal star

Hal Robson-Kanu has spoken highly of Arsenal and Wales star Aaron Ramsey.

23-year-old Ramsey was voted Arsenal’s Player of the Season last year, having excelled in a campaign in which he netted 16 goals on the way to winning the FA Cup.

However, he has failed to find a similar vein of form this term, with injuries and suspensions ruling him out of a large portion of the Gunners match action, and he has been the centre of criticism when he has played. Despite his keen eye for goal and creative abilities, former Arsenal man Charlie Nicholas singled the Welshman out for playing for himself rather than the team, believing that he was more interested in ‘Hollywood football’, rather than the dirty work that a midfield position entails.

However, the youngster put in an impressive performance as Wales held Belgium to a 0-0 draw in European Championship qualifying on Sunday, and his international teammate Hal Robson-Kanu - who started his career at Arsenal - believes that Ramsey is always performing at his highest ability.

Talking to the Herald, the 25-year-old Reading winger said: “Aaron's professional and gives 100 per cent week in, week out.

“Whether it's at Arsenal or coming away with Wales he'll continue to work hard and try and achieve what he's been trying to do this season.

“He's come away now with Wales and he'll be looking to do that with us.

“He's a world-class player and we're lucky to have him in the squad along with Gareth Bale, players who can unlock a defence and do things for us.”

Whilst Nicholas may be correct in suggesting that Ramsey works too hard on the creative part of his game, and shows little regard for working for the team, he is good enough to single-handedly win matches, and his talent should not be derided. Still on the road to recovery from injury, Ramsey needs support rather than criticism, and, if he hits the kind of form he was displaying last season, he could, once again, be the difference between the Gunners ending the season trophyless - or winning silverware for the second consecutive year.

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