Posts Tagged ‘Aaron Ramsey’

Feature: Ramsey glows for Wales in Bale’s shadow

It has been said that international duty represents an escape for Bale, who has been under constant scrutiny at Real Madrid since his world-record transfer from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013. The same could also be said of Ramsey. Approaching his ninth season at Arsenal, he divides opinion among the club’s support, with some lauding his talent and work rate while others bemoan his occasional tendency to over-elaborate. The 2013-14 season represented a watershed as Ramsey scored a career-best 16 goals, topped off by an extra-time winner against Hull City in the FA Cup final. But the two years since have seen him shunted around the team as Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger uses Ramsey’s industriousness to counter-balance the creative gifts of players like Mesut Özil and Alexis Sánchez.

A piece on Aaron Ramsey, who divides opinions among Arsenal fans but is thriving in an attacking role for Wales at Euro 2016. Read it here.

Review: New money rises in England as old powers slip

“Manchester City and Chelsea, England’s nouveaux riches, appear poised to dominate the Premier League in 2015, with traditional powerhouses Manchester United and Liverpool working their way through periods of transition. United began this year as champions and Liverpool came agonisingly close to succeeding them, but it was City who prevailed in the 2013-14 title race and it is Chelsea who approach the New Year in pole position.”

My AFP review of the year 2014 in the Premier League can be read here.

Report: Ramsey completes Arsenal comeback in FA Cup final

“London (AFP) – Aaron Ramsey scored an extra-time winner as Arsenal ended their nine-year trophy drought by coming from two goals down to beat Hull City 3-2 in a gripping FA Cup final on Saturday.”

My AFP match report on one of the best FA Cup finals of recent years can be found here.

Reaction: Wenger urges Arsenal to build on FA Cup win

Review: Ferguson exit sparks England’s year of change

“The year had started in familiar fashion, with United romping to an unprecedented 20th league title, but at 09:17 on the morning of Wednesday, May 8, everything changed. A tweet published by the United press office confirmed the jaw-dropping rumours that had first emerged on the Daily Telegraph website the previous night: Ferguson, the father of the modern United, the most successful manager in British football history, was stepping down after 26 and a half record-breaking years.”

My AFP review of the year 2013 in English football can be found here.

Analysis: Wenger’s Arsenal harvest finally bears fruit

“Jack Wilshere was initially exiled to the left wing following Özil’s arrival from Real Madrid, but he demonstrated his worth in a central role by breaking the deadlock against Norwich with a breath-taking goal that Wenger described as “one of the best” of his 17-year tenure. Having started the move deep in his own half, Wilshere was involved in a razor-sharp passing exchange on the edge of the Norwich area that went Cazorla, Wilshere, Cazorla, Giroud, Wilshere, Giroud, Wilshere, culminating in the England midfielder volleying past goalkeeper John Ruddy from 10 yards.”

I’ve written a piece for AFP on how Arsène Wenger’s patience finally appears to be paying off for Arsenal, and you can read it here.

Report: Arsenal in pole position after win at Marseille

“MARSEILLE — An injury-time goal by substitute Aaron Ramsey gave Arsenal a 1-0 win at Marseille on Wednesday that enabled Arsene Wenger’s side to leapfrog their opponents to top spot in Champions League Group F.”

My AFP match report can be read here.

Tactics: Bale, Ramsey central to Wales’s bright future

The qualifying draw for Euro 2012 provided fans of the Welsh national side with hope and fear in roughly equal measure.

Fear because England are one of the best teams in the world, Switzerland have qualified for the last four major tournaments in a row and because their group is statistically the tightest in terms of world rankings out of all eight qualifying pools. Hope because, although top spot is out of the question, Switzerland are a far from terrifying prospect, Bulgaria are not the side they once were and Montenegro – despite boasting the mouth-watering pairing of Mirko Vučinić and Stevan Jovetić in attack – picked up just a single victory (over Georgia) in their World Cup qualifying campaign.

Hope also because, thanks to the emergence of a glut of exciting young players, Wales are approaching a qualifying tournament with more than the usual familiar blend of outright dread and trepidation. “If Wales have those aspirations [to qualify] then they need to be beating the likes of Switzerland, Bulgaria and Montenegro, certainly at home, and getting something on their travels,” said former skipper Gary Speed this week.

The task now confronting coach John Toshack is to combine the resources at his disposal into a team capable of mounting a sustained challenge for a qualification berth. His attempt to do so during Wales’s ill-fated bid to reach the 2010 World Cup was an almost unqualified failure.

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