Following the confirmation that Aaron Ramsey will leave Arsenal Football Club for Juventus combined with the fact that he’ll never play for the club again, I just knew I had to write this piece. The Welshman is not only one of my favourite Arsenal players of all time, but, he is simply one of my favourite ever footballers.
Today, the 28-year-old will make his final official appearance at the Emirates Stadium as an Arsenal player as he will reportedly be rewarded with a guard of honour for his eleven years of service to the North London club.
Over the years, the midfielder has significantly improved on his overall game, become an incredible box-to-box midfielder, and will leave a big gap in the team once he leaves. He’s a crucial cog in the system, and it’s going to be very difficult to replace him. His performances in the 2013/14, 2017/18, and 2018/19 Premier League seasons are the best examples of the midfielder performing at his very best for the club.
Although controversial, Aaron Ramsey deserves to be called an Arsenal legend. I know the term ‘legend’ is thrown around a lot these days, but, in my eyes, the midfielder is worthy of being called this. He’s done and won a lot more for the club than some players that are often described as an Arsenal legend.
Even if you disagree with the aforementioned statement, there’s no denying the fact that the midfielder has given his all to the club and he’s been a complete professional in the way he’s played and carried himself. His tenure at the club has been outstanding overall and also inspirational at the same time.
Despite suffering a career-threatening injury at the age of nineteen, it didn’t stop Ramsey from having a very successful career at the club. In total, the midfielder was able to make 371 appearances, become the club’s all-time highest scoring midfielder, and also scored the crucial goal versus Hull City that ended the dreaded nine-year trophy drought in 2014.
On the topic of trophies, the Welshman played the entire 2015 FA Cup final when Arsenal defeated Aston Villa 4-0 to become the record 12-time winners. Also, he scored yet another FA Cup final winning goal two years later versus London rivals Chelsea to set another new FA Cup record for the club. Depending on how this season ends, Ramsey could even join a very small group of players to have won a European trophy with the club.
Yet, despite his ability and his success with the club, I also can’t help but wonder how his career would’ve turned out if it wasn’t for the abundance of injuries that he’s suffered. The Welshman has been forced to the sidelines on multiple occasions as a result of hamstring issues, thigh and calf strains, and also the aforementioned career-threatening injury where he broke his leg versus Stoke City. Perhaps if he wasn’t so prone to injury, he could’ve been an even better player than he currently is.
Overall, it’s a shame that only now are a large number of fans beginning to appreciate everything that Ramsey has done for the club. Personally, I think the midfielder has always deserved more appreciation and respect from the fans so it’s a shame that him leaving was the action that finally helped people give him the praise he’s mostly deserved.
As someone that’s loved Ramsey since he joined the club from Cardiff City in 2008, it’s frustrating to see how the club decided to treat him and also to see him join Juventus for free.
The midfielder has played a part in some of my favourite moments in football. There have been the incredible goals versus the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham, and Galatasaray and also there are the FA Cup final performances too. I really hope he’s able to take his game to the next level and win as much as possible with Juventus.
Thank you, Aaron Ramsey, for everything. For your dedication and professionalism to the club, the phenomenal goals that you’ve scored, and also for your performances that have won us trophies in the last five years.