Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey has been crowned Arsenal’s player of the year for the 2013/14 season after a series of impressive performances during the season culminating in scoring the injury time winner to bring Arsenal their first major trophy in almost 9 years.
He had been many people’s favourite for the award since half-way through the season and he received over 50% of the vote in the Arsenal official website vote, with Per Mertesacker finishing in second and his defensive partner Koscielny came in third with 12.8 and 11.9% of the votes respectively.
He summed he marvellous turnaround up in March, when talking to Arsenal.com, saying,”“This year I’ve proven a lot of people wrong. There was a tough time in the period after my injury but I’ve got through that and I feel really confident and feel like I’m improving with every game. I’ve been a lot more composed in front of goal and taking my chances.”
It really has been a wonderful season, as we looked at the stats last week. Mertesacker and Koscielny would have been worthy winners in any other season, and there is also honourable mentions for Santi Cazorla and Flamini, who have both been consistent throughout the year. Flamini’s introduction has really helped Aaron Ramsay in his movement up the pitch this year and was a tactical master-stroke from Wenger.
Previously Ramsey had been deployed behind Arsenal’s number 10, but the introduction of a true defensive midfielder has allowed Ramsey to right up the field and his finishing this season has been class. Even when playing poorly, like many people feel he was in the FA cup final, he gets into the right areas and takes all the chances that come his way.
I really hope he can continue this form because he is a true talent whose progress was halted by an awful injury. Despite very vocal critics (Piers Morgan) he has produced his best season to date and I agree with Wenger in saying this is only the start of his emergence.