Arsenal fan favourite scores for his country amid club struggles

Aaron Ramsey Wales Baku Azerbaijan Copyright: JustPictures.ch/JustPicturesPlus
Aaron Ramsey Wales Baku Azerbaijan Copyright: JustPictures.ch/JustPicturesPlus

Aaron Ramsey capped a strong performance for Wales with a goal on Friday, despite his struggles for minutes with Juventus.

Juventus' Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey shots the ball during the Italian Cup quarter final football match between Juventus and Spal on January 27, 2021 at the Allkianz stadium in Turin. (Photo by Isabella BONOTTO / AFP)
Juventus’ Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey shoots the ball during the Italian Cup quarter-final football match between Juventus and Spal on January 27, 2021, at the Allianz stadium in Turin. (Photo by Isabella BONOTTO / AFP)

Former Gunner Aaron Ramsey’s situation for club and country couldn’t really be more different.

With Juventus, the 30-year-old has played 106 minutes from nine available matches this season, failing to start in all of the previous eight. Yet with Wales, he looked like his old Arsenal self on Friday.

Wales took on the Czech Republic in a World Cup qualifier, and it was certainly a must-not-lose fixture for Ramsey’s side. The two countries are level on points, but Wales knew they have a game in hand, so they’d remain in control with anything but defeat.

Within a minute, Wales captain Ramsey made the job harder for himself by picking up a booking. Yet he was excellent from there on out.

The midfielder’s best moment came in the 36th minute, as he showed expert composure to sit down the goalkeeper and slot in the opening goal of the game.

Whilst the Czech Republic side did rally to draw 2-2, Ramsey earned plaudits for a tireless performance.

Ramsey wrote that it’s “good to be back” after the game on his Twitter account.

It’s a shame that Ramsey hasn’t really found his stride in club football since leaving Arsenal, and it might be the best thing for him if he moves on before long. The talent is clearly still there, Juventus just don’t seem to be the right fit.