Ramsey performance epitomises Arsenal

Posted by John Cross

There is something about this record-breaking Arsenal team which is summed up perfectly by Aaron Ramsey: Write them off and they may just surprise you when you least expect it.

Ramsey's late clincher in the 2-1 win over Marseille in the Stade Velodrome ensured it was 10 straight away victories for Arsenal. That extends the club record.

All the talk has been about another Arsenal record breaker, Mesut Ozil, the £42 million signing. But Ramsey has outshone Ozil in the past two games.

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Two goals at Sunderland, another in Marseille and Ramsey has got Arsenal off to a flier in the Champions League and second place in the Premier League.

After their opening-day defeat to Aston Villa, it was as easy to write Arsenal off as it has been to dismiss Ramsey prior to this season.

Ramsey showed flashes last term but there was still a nagging doubt over whether he would get back to his best after his horrific leg break three years ago.

But this campaign, Ramsey has looked a world beater. There's been six goals to match his energy, work rate and improved passing.

While last season Ramsey filled in all over the pitch -- left-wing and right-back -- now his place in central midfield is assured. His newfound confidence clearly leaves him feeling unbeatable. Rather like Arsenal. They have a thin squad and the odds are against them, but Ramsey is helping the Gunners to defy expectations.

You can feel Ramsey's belief in everything he says. On the away win in Marseille, Ramsey said: "It's vital, we have a tough group and it was important to get three points and get off to a good start.

"We came here are couple of seasons ago and won -- I scored then as well, we did the same then, got an important win. So this will be vital again.

"It was a difficult night, the pitch wasn't too good. It was quite sticky and slow. We couldn't get rhythm in our passing like we normally do. It was difficult but we deserved it, we kept doing the things we wanted to and it paid off.

"I'm happy with the way I'm playing at the moment, I'm playing with confidence and getting into positions and putting them away. I felt I was getting into these positions but have not quite had the composure which I now seem to be doing.

"It's important to keep the run of away wins going. Our away form has been fantastic, that's 10 away wins in a row and hopefully we can keep building on that."

This was supposed to be the Group of Death. But Ramsey and Arsenal are surviving nicely.


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