Aaron Ramsey has claimed that his assist for Alexandre Lacazette’s goal against Manchester United was intentional.
Ramsey set-up Arsenal’s only goal in their 3-1 defeat to Manchester United by laying off Alexis Sanchez’s cross for Alexandre Lacazette to hit, despite being in a position to score himself.
Some have claimed that Ramsey had failed to control the pass, and that his heavy touch happened to fall to an Arsenal player. However, the Welsh midfielder has said otherwise.
“I was going to take a touch but out of the corner of my eye I saw De Gea coming out, Lacazette was up there so I just knocked it back to him. “Hopefully that puts an end to that debate.” he told the Evening Standard.
The goal gave Arsenal hope of coming back after early strikes from Antonio Valencia and Jesse Lingard gave United an early 2-0 lead.
However, despite having over 30 shots and nearly 80% of the ball, Arsenal were unable to find a second goal, and eventually conceded a third.
Despite that, Ramsey has continued his fine form from November. With three goals and six assists to his name, no Arsenal player has contributed to more goals than he has this season. Key to his good form has been his fitness.
Ramsey had struggled to put a regular run of games together due to frequent muscular injuries. However, he now seems to be benefiting from only playing once a week. At the moment, the 26-year-old looks set to have his best season since 2013/14.