Aaron Ramsey: Arsenal's most disappointing player this season?

Why Aaron Ramsey is Arsenal's most disappointing player this season.

A hero in 2013/14, reaching the same heights the following season has been difficult for Aaron Ramsey.

The Welshman was outstanding a year ago, and had it not been for injury he would have been a strong contender for the Premier League player of the season award.

He still bounced back strongly, scoring the winner in the FA Cup Final against Hull City to end a decade long trophy drought for the Gunners.

This season started the same way as he struck twice in August including a late winner against Crystal Palace on the season's opening day, but from there it has trailed off.

Ramsey has suffered with injuries, a disappointment in itself that like another midfielder Jack Wilshere, he can't seem to stay out of Arsenal's treatment room.

Yet he has made just two appearances less than he did for Arsenal last season, and when he has played he has not had the same impact.

  SeasonTackles Won per gameInterceptions won per gameAerial Duels won per gamePassing AccuracyTouches per gameGoals AssistsKey Passes per gameAppearances
Aaron Ramsey 2013-2014 2.83 1 0.52 84% 84.17 10 8 1.39 23
Aaron Ramsey 2014-2015 1.38 1.14 0.76 85% 70.24 4 3 1.67 21

Ramsey's tackling rate per game has halved in comparison to last season, while he has scored or assisted a combined seven goals as opposed to 18 last season in the Premier League.

His number of touches per game is down too, although there are improvements in his average number of chances created and interceptions.

A comedown from last season's success is perhaps inevitable, but his dip in form has also been because his injuries have been more complex than last year, so he has been in and out of the side more and found it trickier to gain any rhythm to his play.

Tactically too he has also been asked to get forward less, an effect of Alexis Sanchez or Danny Welbeck dropping deep and Santi Cazorla playing more centrally in attacking areas.

Ramsey can still have a big part to play this season, in matches against Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool, as well as the FA Cup - but as it stands in order to avoid a perception this year has not been as strong as the last one, he needs to step up and start dominating games as he did last season.

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