The manager was one of the only ones to show faith in the midfielder.
After having such a brilliant season thus far, it’s easy to forget that Aaron Ramsey was regularly jeered by Arsenal fans at the Emirates Stadium.
Manager Arsene Wenger showed faith in the 22-year-old however and this term the Frenchman is reaping the rewards as Ramsey has scored 11 goals and provided five assists.
Wenger is now looking like a tactical mastermind but has revealed that continuously playing the Welshman was difficult at times.
“Let’s not forget that one year ago people were saying to me: ‘It’s difficult to play him at the Emirates,'” the 64-year-old was quoted by the Guardian.
“But you have to give him credit for that transformation – the credit goes to him because he could deal with that.
“You could see there was an impatience with him. As a manager you think: ‘Do I push him through and he can go more down or do you give him a breather to regenerate to get him a fresh start?’
“That’s always difficult for us to assess because it is linked to their mental state. When their confidence is down they are in trouble.”
Ramsey is clearly not struggling for confidence this campaign however, with the midfielder even trying an ambitious back-heeled volley against Southampton at the weekend – an effort which clattered off the post.
The Wales international has been the Gunners’ best player in 2013/14 in many people’s eyes and is now a firm regular in the first team for the north London side.
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