Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey had one of his most ineffectual matches of the season during his side’s disappointing 2-1 loss away at Tottenham Hotspur.
Previously seen as a scapegoat for the North Londoners’ shortcomings, Ramsey, over the past two years, has grown into a fantastic player and has added a genuine goal threat from midfield.
The 24-year-old has scored five times and added a further three assists in the league and Europe this season, but his display at White Hart Lane was reminiscent of the Ramsey of old – lacking in confidence.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the former Cardiff City youth product created very little throughout and was alarmingly wasteful in possession.
From an attacking perspective, Ramsey failed to test Hugo Lloris in the Spurs net and couldn’t get forward enough to create any chances via key passes for his teammates.
Mesut Ozil’s opener for the Gunners put the visitors in a strong position, but in spite of a relatively comfortable first-half their inability to retain possession and add pressure soon became their downfall.
Ramsey was one of his side’s biggest culprits for needlessly gifting possession to the hosts and allowing Mauricio Pochettino’s men to build up a head of steam.
Over the course of the 90 minutes, he made just 38 accurate passes – a mere 16 of those in a forward direction – with a success rate of 70.4% and lost possession aberrantly on as many as 24 occasions.
The defeat allows Spurs to leapfrog the Gunners into fifth spot, and to rub further salt in the wounds top-four rivals Southampton netted a last-minute winner at QPR.