Wenger delighted with progress of Arsenal midfielder Ramsey

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has commended Aaron Ramsey for his form so far this season, and praised the Wales international for turning around the opinions of an Emirates Stadium crowd that was sceptical of his qualities, Sky Sports has reported.

Ramsey has scored 11 times this season, the same number of goals he had managed in the rest of his Gunners career prior to the new campaign, but last season he came under criticism from his own supporters – to the point he was audibly booed by the home fans.

Wenger however credited Ramsey with the mental strength to recover and outlined the improvement he has seen in the 22-year-old. “He could come back, he never give up and convinced everybody that he has the needed quality,” Wenger said.

You could see there was an impatience with him at the Emirates,” the long-serving boss continued. “As a manager you are always in a period where you think, ‘do I push him through and he can go more down?’ Or do you give him a breather to regenerate to get him a fresh start?

That is always difficult for us to assess because it is linked to their mental state. When their own confidence is down, of course they are in trouble, but Aaron is a confident boy,” Wenger continued.

We always saw that he had a good engine, now 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 was always too strong or not accurate enough and in the speed of his vision.

Ramsey’s goals have helped Arsenal into top spot in the Premier League – with a four point lead over Liverpool and Chelsea, who are tied for second place – and a promising position in the Champions League, as the London club can seal qualification for the next round against Marseille, if the result of Borussia Dortmund’s game with Napoli falls in their favour.

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