Aaron Ramsey had his usual good game against Stoke despite being constantly booed by the Orcs in the crowd.
There weren’t many Arsenal players that performed well on Saturday, but Ramsey at least showed signs that he’s close to his best.
Greeted by a chorus of boos from his first touch in the first minute, for having the temerity to have his leg broken by Stoke’s captain years ago, the Welshman was a constant threat with his late runs into their box and was able to drift in behind unchecked by Stoke’s defenders.
If not for Jack Butland being a more-than-decent keeper, he might got on the scoresheet again.
According to WhoScored, Ramsey managed a match-high four shots, getting two on target. While his attacking tendencies were on full display, he also contributed to the defensive phase by successfully making four tackles from four attempts.
His influence on the game decreased as Arsenal threw on more forwards, hence limiting the opportunities he had to make his runs.
With Xhaka off the pitch, Ramsey ended up as the deepest midfielder and was responsible for getting the ball forward. He was tidy in the role, and ended up completing 88% of 82 passes.
A fit and on-form Ramsey is a useful weapon for Arsenal.
His performance is one of the few positives from Arsenal’s defeat.