Analysing Aaron Ramsey's Performance vs. Cardiff City

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistNovember 30, 2013

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 30:  Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal gestures towards both sets of fans after the match during the Barclays Premier League match between Cardiff City and Arsenal at Cardiff City Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
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Anyone who has ever wanted to go back to a high school reunion and show off his or her latest accomplishments to the kids he or she grew up with—don't lie, we've all thought about it—can appreciate Aaron Ramsey's performance on Saturday against Cardiff City.

The man who joined Arsenal from Cardiff as a 17-year-old kept up his excellent form this season, scoring two goals for the Gunners in a 3-0 win. He was given a 9.5 match rating from and was justifiably named Man of the Match. 

But it was how he scored his goals that was so impressive.

His first came as Mesut Ozil found him streaking into the box with a blazing pass that Ramsey brilliantly met with a glancing header that rose above the outstretched arm of Cardiff keeper David Marshall.

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You could argue that the most impressive part of that play was Ozil's pass, but Ramsey's finish was first class nonetheless.

And his subdued reaction after the goal out of respect for his former club was a classy move as well.

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His second goal, late in the game, was also an impressive showing. Ramsey started the counter-attack by finding Theo Walcott storming down the flank. Ramsey kept his run going and was rewarded, as Walcott centered the ball in the box for Ramsey.

Despite his first touch taking him into a tough shooting angle, the red-hot midfielder still managed to find the net.

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That's now 13 goals and five assists for Ramsey in all competitions, and you could make a very strong argument that he belongs on the shortlist for Player of the Year in the Premier League thus far. Surely, Arsenal wouldn't be on 31 points and atop the league table without the efforts of the Welsh midfielder.

And there's nothing to suggest he won't keep his form going. If anything, Saturday was just another indication that Ramsey remains in other-worldly form this season, and he is playing like the Premier League's best midfielder. 

That the performance came against Cardiff was simply the cherry on that sundae. Who wouldn't want to return to the old club and do a bit of showing off, after all?


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