Arsene Wenger: I couldn’t play Aaron Ramsey at The Emirates
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reveals how he helped Aaron Ramsey rediscover his confidence
Arsene Wenger has revealed how a one-to-one conversation with Aaron Ramsey helped turn around the Arsenal midfielder’s stuttering form.
The Wales international came in for criticism from sections of the home fans at Emirates Stadium as he struggled to find consistent form towards the end of the 2012-13 season.
The 23-year-old has since emerged as one of the Gunners’ top talents and his 16 goals in 34 appearances earned him the north London club’s player of the season award last term.
And Wenger has delivered a fascinating insight into how he helped the midfielder improve his form.
Aaron listened and he realised he had to change his game. That’s why he came back
“He went through a bad patch, and I couldn’t play him any more at Emirates Stadium,” said Wenger, speaking at an Emirates Business Breakfast in New York.
“I sat down with Aaron and I told him, ‘I don’t think people don’t like you, but they don’t like your game at the moment’. It was in his hands to change that.
“He had to come back to a more simple game. When you go through a bad patch in life you always go back to the basics. In football you slowly get confidence back and then you play naturally again.
“The problem is that if you play a great shot in golf or tennis, when you go to your next game you want to play the same shot again. But it doesn’t work like that. You have to do basics, basics, basics, and then slowly you get into the zone where it becomes easier.
“You have to get back to basics to gain confidence. Aaron accepted that, he did it and he gained confidence again. Then you saw a different player, because he is intelligent, and when I came out of the meeting I knew this guy would come back.
“Aaron listened and he realised he had to change his game. That’s why he came back.”