Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey had one of his best games of the season as he put on a midfield masterclass during the Gunners’ 3-0 victory over West Ham United on Saturday.
The Welsh international was arguably a surprise selection alongside Francis Coquelin, with Spanish ace Santi Cazorla nailing down a regular spot in the midfield two in recent months.
Yet, with a Champions League clash with Monaco on the horizon, boss Arsene Wenger looked to freshen things up and brought in Ramsey for his first Premier League start since early February.
It was a decision which came off as the Welsh international looked rejuvenated, putting in a wonderful display reminiscent of his regular world class performances which won him the 2013-14 Arsenal Player Of The Year award.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the former Cardiff City man was everywhere as he dominated in a number of leading midfield categories.
Aside from his goal, Ramsey was creatively at his best as he took as many as four shots and created five chances via key passes for his teammates.
Furthermore, he was involved in a number of attacking situations as he was regularly picked out by his teammates – taking a whopping 94 touches and completing 64 accurate passes.
Yet, arguably the most pleasing aspect of his performance was his willingness to defend, get tackles and blocks in and put himself about, illustrated by his eight defensive duel winners and seven ball recoveries.
Ramsey’s performance will give Wenger a selection headache heading into their second leg against Monaco, and on this form it wouldn’t be surprising to see him start the encounter.