Arsene Wenger: Arsenal fans weren’t patient with Aaron Ramsey
Arsene Wenger admits that Arsenal fans were not as patient as he would have liked with Aaron Ramsey in recent seasons
Arsene Wenger admits that some Arsenal fans were not as patient as he would have liked with Aaron Ramsey in recent seasons.
The Wales international has been one of the Gunners’ standout performers this season, netting 11 goals in all competitions and earning plenty of new admirers thanks to his fine form.
The 22-year-old had struggled to find consistency in previous campaigns following the horror leg-break he suffered against Stoke City back in 2010.
And Wenger conceded that Ramsey found it difficult to win over a demanding home crowd at Emirates Stadium as he worked his way back to top form.
“Let’s not forget that one year ago people were saying to me, ‘It’s difficult to play him at the Emirates’. You could see there was an impatience with him at the Emirates,” said Wenger.
“As a manager you think, ‘Do I push him through and he can go more down or do you give him a breather to get him a fresh start?’. That’s always difficult to assess because it is linked to their mental state. When their own confidence is down, of course they are in trouble. But he is a confident boy.
“But you have to give him credit for that transformation – the credit goes to him because he could deal with that. He could come back, never give up and convince everybody that he has the needed quality.”
Wenger also paid tribute to the midfielder for the step up that he has made in his game this season.
“We always saw that he had a good engine,” the Frenchman continued. “He has another quality in that he does not hide to take the ball – and when he makes a mistake, he doesn’t hide again. For me that is a quality. He is always available to take the ball and play.
“Where he has improved a lot is in his first touch, in his finishing, in the quality of his long balls – which were too strong or not accurate enough – and in the speed of his vision.”