Arsene Wenger has praised the character of Aaron Ramsey after admitting he worried about whether or not to start in him in certain home games last season.
Even the biggest Ramsey fans would admit that his form was poor for a period, but the Welshman became a lightning rod for greater frustrations and was certainly written off by sections of the fanbase.
However, his desire to keep going and to play his way through that spell has paid dividends as he’s now the most confident man alive and, possibly, the most in-form midfielder in European football this season.
That spirit is something Wenger touched on yesterday, saying, “We always saw that he had a good engine. He has another quality in that he does not hide to take the ball – and when he makes a mistake, he doesn’t hide again. For me that is a quality. He is always available to take the ball and play.
“Let’s not forget that one year ago people were saying to me, ‘It’s difficult to play him at the Emirates’. You could see there was an impatience with him at the Emirates.
“When their own confidence is down, of course they are in trouble. But he is a confident boy. But you have to give him credit for that transformation – the credit goes to him because he could deal with that. He could come back, never give up and convince everybody that he has the needed quality.”
And while some will give props to the manager for believing him and his talent, the boss is keen to give to all the credit to the player himself.
“You have to give him credit for that transformation – the credit goes to him because he could deal with that. He could come back, never give up and convince everybody that he has the needed quality.”
It’s still an issue which prompts a lot of ‘told you so’-ing, and Tweets from certain loud-mouthed celebrities who got it wrong … so very wrong … it’d be good if the divisiveness could stop and folk just enjoyed the resurrection.