Does Wenger deserve credit for Ramsey resurgence?

By Avenell Dave

Heard the one about the huge club with a massive transfer fund desperately looking for a midfielder this summer?

Or the one about another big club crying out for someone to step up and take the strain in midfield? 

A few years ago, you may recall, Manchester United announced that they had signed Aaron Ramsey, only to be embarrassed when the Welshman opted for Arsenal. 

According to folklore, Arsene Wenger flew to meet the Cardiff midfielder and persuaded him that his development and potential could better be realised at Arsenal than up north. 

In some ways, he was right. At Arsenal, particularly with their policy of having to sell players each summer to balance the books, Ramsey was bound to get his chance. 

At United, he would have to fight with the likes of Scholes, Carrick, Fletcher, Park, Hargreaves and Anderson.

Sure, he would have won more at United but until he was Shawcrossed, he was coming on very well. 

If you look back at this blog over the past year or two, we've always been supportive of Ramsey. I don't for one minute believe he was as bad as people made him out to be and the level of energy, commitment and refusal to hide he has shown is an example to players with far greater experience than he has.

A pundit said yesterday that Ramsey has the capacity to become the Frank Lampard of the next ten years - meaning that along with his energy and drive, he is now showing that he has the goals in him to make a real contribution to the side. 

We can look at some of the players Wenger has signed with admiration, others with despair. 

He turned the likes of Vieira and Henry into world beaters and yet signed Silvestre, Gervinho and Chamakh in recent years, all of whom proved never good enough to justify a place in the team on a regular basis.

Much of that may be down to club finances dictating what Wenger could afford, but for all the talk that his methods may lack the sophistication shown at other clubs, Le Boss is still turning good prospects into fine players.

As well as Ramsey, he has turned Kieran Gibbs from an average winger into a fine full back, whose last ditch clearance in Marseille potentially turned the match in our favour.

Wenger has shown patience with these youngsters - which is why some fans need to realise that Jack Wilshere's less than stellar performances are again down to getting game fit rather than any lack of talent or application.

Yes, we could probably still do with signing a 6ft 4in brute of a player who can win the ball and allow Wilshere and Ramsey to play, but that will come in time, hopefully.

For now, let's celebrate a superb away win last night in which Ramsey was again the star and prove that it's not just Mesut Ozil who was seduced by the vision of the beautiful game Wenger wants to play. 

 * A quick word for Theo Walcott. Does he have a football brain? Does he work hard enough? Why is his decision making so abject when he has time to think? Whatever the answers are to those questions - and there's no doubt he has plenty to do to become the complete player that he hints at being capable of becoming - his volley for the opening goal was world class last night. He needs to do more in games but credit where it's due.