The young Welsh captain Aaron Ramsey came back from a horrific injury last year and all Arsenal fans feel sorry for the way his development was so cruelly interrupted, but his performances this season have simply highlighted his need for some psychological training to regain his former confidence.
I fully understand Arsene Wenger thinking that the Arsenal midfielder needs some game-time to help him regain his former glory, but I question why Wenger continues to put him in the starting line-up in games that are simply must-win games for the Gunners.
Yesterday he made some wild tackles, and missed a couple of chances at open goals, which was fairly predictable given his recent form, but Wenger yet again defended him after the game.
Wenger said: “He was unlucky with the first booking, it was a good tackle. It is part of learning your job, you have to deal with all kinds of situations and he will do that. He is very strong mentally and is going through a difficult period at the moment. But he will come off that stronger.”
So that tells me that Wenger is well aware of Ramsey’s problems, but still he decided to start him ahead of the promising Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, in fact the newest Arsenal star must be seriously wondering why he is on the bench while Ramsey blunders his way through every game.
So why is Wenger persisting with a player that is so obviously out-of-form in such important matches?