It wasn’t a classic by any means, and despite the talented attackers on show boss Arsene Wenger stated after the game his side’s victory came courtesy of their defensive play more than anything else.
The back-four plus Francis Coquelin were impressive, but Crooks feels Ramsey’s defensive contributions have been overlooked as he highlights the Welshman’s resilience up against an aggressive opponent.
“The win at Burnley was not one of Arsenal's most attractive performances but they got the result that keeps this fantastic run of eight straight wins going,” Crooks explained.
“At the heart of this gritty display by the Gunners was Aaron Ramsey. The Welsh midfielder was as resilient in defence as he was potent in attack. In fact he was the difference between the two teams.”
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Ramsey’s defensive contributions can be seen in the table provided by Opts Stats above as he completed six ball recoveries and four turnovers in the middle third.
In possession, he was comfortable and precise as he took an impressive 89 touches and completed 66 accurate passes – one of the highest tallies on the pitch.
The 24-year-old’s 11th-minute finish was his ninth goal of the season in all competitions, seven fewer than last season’s impressive total of 16 strikes in 34 appearances.