Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Wenger Hails Ramsey 'Transformation'
Guardian, November 26th, 2013 1:21PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  arsenal, england, france, germany, uefa champions league

MOST COMMENTED

On the eve of Arsenal’s crucial home clash against Marseille in UEFA Champions League Group F play, Gunners coach Arsene Wenger praised Aaron Ramsey for transforming into one of the club’s most important players. Ramsey’s goal in Arsenal’s 1-0 win at Borussia Dortmund on UCL Matchday 4 put the Gunners firmly in control of their own destiny with two games still to play. The 22-year-old has 11 goals in all competitions so far this season.

When asked about his improvement, Wenger noted that barely a year ago, Arsenal fans’ criticism of Ramsey was so heated, the French tactician was forced to think twice about using him at the Emirates Stadium. "Let's not forget that one year ago people were saying to me: 'It's difficult to play [Ramsey] at the Emirates,'" Wenger said. "But you have to give him credit for that transformation -- the credit goes to him because he could deal with that. He could come back, never give up, convince everybody that he has the needed quality.”

He added: "You could see there was an impatience with him. As a manager 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's always difficult for us to assess because it is linked to their mental state. When their confidence is down they are in trouble. But he is a confident boy."

That said, Wenger noted that the young Welshman still has plenty to learn. "He's 22-years-old. I'm 64 and I still think I can improve so why should a guy who is 22 think he is at the top of his game. It's impossible. If he has the right attitude, he will continue to improve."

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Report: Real Beats Barca to Promising Youngster    
Real Madrid has beaten Barcelona to the signing of promising youngster Marco Asensio, in what Spanish ...
Guardiola Hopes Messi Stays at Barca     
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola said he hopes "with all my heart" that Lionel Messi ends ...
Man City, Bayern Fans Persist with UEFA Protest    
PA Sport reports that Manchester City and Bayern Munich will continue their "Respect ... Fans" protest ...
Report: Sony to End FIFA Partnership     
Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony will become the second official FIFA sponsor to decide not to ...
Arsenal Fails to Register Giroud for UCL     
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud will be forced to sit out the Gunners' crucial UEFA Champions League ...
Koeman: Saints Can Finish Top Four    
Southampton coach Ronald Koeman insists his team can remain in the Premier League's top four following ...
Mourinho Downplays Di Matteo's Chelsea Success     
Jose Mourinho refused to be drawn into a comparison with former Chelsea coach Roberto Di Matteo, ...
Report: Barca's Vermaelen May Need Surgery     
Goal.com reports that Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen could require surgery to cure the hamstring injury that ...
Messi's Top Ten Records    
Barcelona striker Lionel Messi, who became La Liga's all-time leading scorer (253 goals) following his hat ...
Rodgers Admits His Future Could be in Doubt     
Brendan Rodgers admitted that he could be fired after Liverpool slumped to a fourth successive defeat ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives