Garth Crooks: Aaron Ramsey is 'pulling the strings' once again for Arsenal

Garth Crooks has heaped praise on Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.

In his regular Team of the Week article for the BBC, pundit Garth Crooks has praised Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey for his performance against West Ham on Saturday.

The Gunners swept to a 3-0 win over West Ham this weekend, with goals from Olivier Giroud, Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini handing Arsene Wenger's men all three points.

The victory at the Emirates Stadium made it five wins in a row for the Gunners, and they are now chasing Manchester City in second place.

One of the standout performers on Saturday was Welsh international midfielder Ramsey, who produced his best display for some time.

Ramsey featured heavily in Giroud's opener, and then linked up with the Frenchman superbly to score the second goal, showing why he was so integral last season.

The 24-year-old was unsurprisingly named in Crooks' team of the week on the BBC website, and the former Tottenham striker admitted that Ramsey is 'pulling the strings' once again for Arsenal after a stop-start season to date.

"Whoever plays in midfield for Arsenal these days, you can bet your bottom dollar that you will see a virtuoso performance. We've seen it from Santi Cazorla, and Mesut Ozil this season, and now Aaron Ramsey - back in the side after an awful spell out with injury - is once again pulling the strings to a wonderful show from the Gunners," said Crooks.

"His link-up play with striker Olivier Giroud and Ozil during the 3-0 win over West Ham was particular pleasing on the eye, but what fans like to see at the end of good play is goals. That's what counts and Ramsey delivered," he added.

With a goal and an assist in a superb performance, Ramsey showed just how great he can be - and Gunners fans will be hoping that this improved run of form will continue in the coming weeks as Arsenal mount a challenge for second place in the Premier League.

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