Arsene Wenger has backed Aaron Ramsey to win the Player of the Year award later in the season after the midfielder’s brace against former club Cardiff City maintained Arsenal’s lead at the top of the Premier League table, Sky
Ramsey scored twice in the Gunners’ 3-0 win, with Mathieu Flamini getting the game’s other goal. Ramsey’s were his 14th and 15th goals of the season for club and country and Wenger agreed with the suggestion that the Wales international could be Player of the Year-in waiting, although he did warn of the dangers of expecting too much.
“He has been outstanding until now,” Wenger said. “You want always to jump into the future but we have to enjoy the present. If he keeps playing like that, of course (he will be player of the year), but it has only been a third of the season.”
Ramsey has never before reached double figures for goals in a single season – and when his strikes for Wales are removed from the tally, he has 13 goals for Arsenal in 21 games. Wenger added that he will monitor Ramsey’s fitness closely, insisting he will not run the 22-year-old into the ground in an effort to capitalise on his good form.
“I have to treat him like the other players and give him a breather when he needs it,” Wenger said. “I want him to continue to develop, but he is so young you imagine why should he stop his development now?
“Let’s not forget that one year ago everyone questioned him. That shows you that he deserves credit for that – he has turned a corner and he can continue to improve.”
Ramsey was also praised by teammate Wojciech Szczesny, who said: “He’s been through a lot, he’s come back so well and I just hope he continues. Is he the best in the league? I don’t care as long as he does the job for the team.
“I’m just as amazed as everyone else. We always knew that he could play well but to score as many as he has, any striker would be delighted with that. He’s been so good.”
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