Aaron Ramsey’s return to form and fitness has helped Arsenal enormously, says Andy Gray.
The former Sky Sports pundit believes the Welshman’s return to Arsenal’s midfield has been just as useful as having Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in the side again.
Speaking on beIN Sports after Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Swansea, Gray said (via the Daily Star): “I was thinking at the weekend, as important as it is to have Sanchez and Ozil back in the group and playing and influencing the game, I think his (Ramsey) re-emergence as a fit footballer as well has helped them enormously.
“I don’t think it’s any surprise that they’ve gone on this good run when Aaron Ramsey has been contributing.”
Ramsey scored the winner in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Swansea.
It was his second goal in two matches, having found the net in the 5-2 rout of Everton the week before.
Arsenal have lost just once in their last seven Premier League games. It so happens that Ramsey was absent from that game.
He’s played in the other six, with Arsenal winning five and drawing the other.
In recent seasons, he’s struggled with persistent hamstring injuries and wasn’t able to get a long run of starts going.
So far this season, this hasn’t been an issue. His form seems to be improving with every game he plays in the centre of midfield.
However, doubts still remain about his discipline and ability to protect the back four.
His performance will likely come under scrutiny when Arsenal play Manchester City on Sunday and Tottenham after the international break.