After his first ever career hat-trick yesterday, Arsene Wenger says that Aaron Ramsey is capable of more goals, challenging the midfielder to get into double figures between now and the end of the season.
He’s done it before, of course, getting 16 in the 2013-14 campaign, but hasn’t been able to match that since.
Yesterday, however, he immediately clicked with Henrikh Mkhitaryan who provided him with two assists, and his excellent movement to get into dangerous positions was matched by his finishing which was absolutely clinical.
Asked about the Welshman’s performance afterwards, the Arsenal manager was impressed, while insisting there should be more to come.
“I felt always – when I watched the games after on the video – you think always that he is there in a good position in the box and I felt always that he had between 10 and 15 goals at least in his locker,” he said.
“He didn’t do it until now because I think he rushed, sometimes, with his finishing. He looks much calmer. The only difference I see is that he doesn’t rush it.
“That’s why maybe, that’s the secret to being efficient.”
Ramsey himself was delighted to have made such a telling contribution, saying, “I’m delighted, my first hat-trick so it’s one of those moments to remember, but full credit to the team who played some really good attacking football in the first half and the game was won in the first half really.
“We’ve got to keep that focus and quality for the rest of the season.”