Aaron Ramsey put in a man of the match display in the 0-0 draw with Chelsea.
After an horrific performance in the 4-0 defeat at Anfield, a game where he was hooked at half-time, Ramsey put in an excellent performance to help Arsenal earn a point at Chelsea.
Ramsey seems to enjoy playing against Chelsea. Part of that may be due to Chelsea’s midfield two affording Ramsey more room to play. His smart running off the ball helped him escape the attentions of N’Golo Kante and allowed him to influence the game in Chelsea’s half.
According to Squawka, he managed to complete 84% of his passes, made four dribbles and got two shots away on goal, one of which hit the post after a run into Chelsea’s penalty area.
Defensively, though, is where Ramsey impressed the most.
Any doubt that Ramsey is capable of playing as a central midfielder would have been eased as he kept in closer contact with his partner, Granit Xhaka. He did a far better job protecting the defence than he did against Liverpool, winning three out of six tackles, making three interceptions and blocking two shots.
This was the box-to-box Ramsey that we all fell in love with in 2014, and the one that’s been missing for too long.
Every Arsenal player put a shift in today, but Ramsey looked shattered towards the end, having covered over 12km. Sky Sports awarded him the man of the match, representing the drastic improvement in performance since that day at Anfield.
He just needs to replicate this type of performance the next time Arsenal travel to one of the top six.