5. Aaron Ramsey
Arsene Wenger once claimed that as an ex-midfield player, Santi Cazorla was jealous of Aaron Ramsey. He has everything a midfielder needs to be successful. Only people, who actually watch the game with the utmost focus, can truly understand the ability Ramsey possesses. He is a good passer of the ball and has intelligent movement. Over time, he has gained strength and has become a hard tackler. It’s not easy to get the ball off Ramsey. Apart from all this, he has the natural ability to read the game, influence the build-up play and drift through the opposition midfield without them noticing. His off-the ball movement is among the best in the game. Marking Aaron Ramsey should be one of the hardest tasks in the world of football. He doesn’t stop. He is like a raging bull, is what he is.
Although, it’s never been easy being Aaron Ramsey. He has had the most torrid time after that horrible tackle by Ryan Shawcross, took him from being touted as the most promising midfielders to being booed by the Arsenal fans on his return from injury. It’s never easy recovering from a career threatening injury. But, hats off to Aaron Ramsey for answering his critics in the most Ramsey-esque fashions. I guess the only way a fan loves a player unconditionally, is if he so very unexpectedly bags a few goals. In 2013-14, Aaron Ramsey scored 16 goals in the campaign. He also scored the deciding FA cup final winner against Hull. For a midfielder, who was booed for 2 seasons on his return, Aaron Ramsey had truly turned the tables. It wasn’t just that he scored goals; he scored some ridiculously unbelievable beauties, which had the ability to make any Gooner drool. The quality of his goals was simply crazy. Arsene Wenger had a long time ago said, “Once Ramsey starts scoring, he won’t stop”. And, how right was he! It’s not very surprising to see that once you see the quality of his runs into the box from deep into midfield. He truly does epitomize the complete midfielder.