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Aaron Ramsey the perfect example to Mesut Ozil

Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey has shown everybody how to prove doubters wrong at Arsenal and could be a good example to Mesut Ozil

Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey has shown everybody how to prove doubters wrong at Arsenal and could be a good example to Mesut Ozil

Arsenal were dealt a blow in the race for the Premier League title with German international playmaker Mesut Ozil being ruled out of action for three to six weeks with a hamstring injury.

However, I believe the bigger blow is the fact that Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey will not return to face Tottenham in Sunday’s north London derby.

Not ready

Gunners fans were hopeful that Ramsey would return to face their arch-rivals at White Hart Lane.

However Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger ruled out the midfielders return by telling the clubs official website:  “We have had to defer his comeback to full training a little so he is not available. He is having difficulties in the final stages of his rehab. It looks to be short-term”

Driving force

The arrival of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid for a club record fee of £42million is often regarded as the catalyst to Arsenal’s early season form. However, Aaron Ramsey’s drive and determination helped win the Gunners a lot of games in the early part of the season.

The 23-year-old was the one winning the ball back, scoring the goals and creating the goals for teammates. Ramsey’s record of eight goals from 18 Premier League games and six assists is very respectable for a midfielder.

His flying start to the season was very much unexpected and has transformed how the youngster is thought of by Arsenal fans. Ramsey was often used as the scapegoat for Arsenal’s struggles to win silverware in the past and even booed by his own supporters.

His treatment was enough to shatter any player’s confidence, never mind a youngster’s. Not Ramsey though, the youngster just concentrated on fulfilling his undoubted potential and got his reward with his early season performances.

Mental strength

Ramsey has had to be extremely mentally strong to get through horrendous injury problems and the treatment of his own fans. This is an example that Mesut Ozil would do well to follow. His talent is unquestionable, but what has to be questioned is his character.

In the last few months Ozil has hardly shown up for the Gunners. At times he looks like he is uninterested and does not want to work for the team. Prior to his injury, Ozil looked like a lost soul at times.

Hard work

Both players have endured a difficult few months, but for different reasons. Ramsey has been badly missed in the last ten Premier League games, not to mention the Champions League. He must be so frustrated to be injured after such a strong start to the campaign.

When Ozil joined Arsenal few would have thought there would be Gunners fans questioning the German international’s ability. However, there are currently Arsenal fans questioning whether the former-Real Madrid playmaker will make it in the Premier League.

It may be harsh considering Ozil has not even been at Arsenal for a full season, but some of his performances have been seriously worrying. The lack of hard work would be the most worrying one for me.

We all know that hard work is not Ozil’s strength, but when a player is struggling for form fans at least appreciate it if he works hard for the team. Even during Ramsey’s lowest points the Welshman never hid and always worked hard for the team.

Wenger persisted with the young Welshman because he worked hard and had the potential to become a top player, some of that potential being fulfilled early in this campaign. Ozil now has to show that he is willing to work hard to be successful in an Arsenal shirt.


I think if Gunners fans were asked if they would rather have Ramsey or Ozil fit for Sunday’s derby with Spurs the majority would choose the Welshman, I know I certainly would. The Germany international has been poor in recent games, the FA Cup win over Everton aside that is.


Ozil could be missing for a large chunk of Arsenal’s remaining games. Hopefully Ramsey will return to Gunners squad within the next two games. Aaron Ramsey has proved his doubters wrong with his displays this season.

I really hope that Mesut Ozil can improve his fitness during pre-season and come back much stronger next season to prove to his doubters wrong. He has the perfect example to follow in Ramsey.

Unlike Ramsey, fans do not seem to be questioning Ozil’s quality, just his mental strength and character. If he attempts to work hard for the team his performances will improved and next season he can be a force again for the Gunners.

Will Mesut Ozil become a success at Arsenal?

Fri 14 Mar, 2014
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  1. Bayern says:

    I’m sorry, well actually not at all, because I seriously don’t understand how you can say that Özil should learn from Ramsey all because he had a great BEGINNING to his season. Well so did Özil… You shouldn’t have to be reminded that Özil was world class WAY before Rasmey’s great COUPLE MONTHS… Everyone and their mothers know that Özil plays in a rather lathargic way, actually pretty much the same style as Mata. The only problem he has is form/confidence. Once he gets that back he’ll be the Özil of old. We’ve all seen what he can do IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE (his start to this season) so for people to say he can’t make it in the BPL is purely false and people who say that are plastic fans. How many times have we seen someone spectular, pure class, come from another league to the BPL lose their form/confidence only to regain it and own the BPL. Give it a rest…

  2. David Nugent says:

    Sorry, does Ozil have anything like the same character as Aaron Ramsey? At the moment Ozil’s character has to be questioned? Ozil has the talent, but you need more than just talent to make it at the very top, which is where Arsenal want to be. Ramsey has displayed an incredible attitude to come through everything he has to become an established player for Arsenal.

  3. Ron says:

    But a fact is.. Wenger ir ruining ozil by not giving him a rest

  4. Bayern says:

    No he doesn’t have the same character as Ramsey but has Özil EVER had character like that? NOPE! Yet he has been World Class for nearly 4 years while it’s taken Ramsey nearly 4 years to have a great COUPLE MONTHS. Hahaha. You sound funny right now to expect somethig he’s never shown and has been quite World Class without… I’ve already said he plays an extremely lathargic style, in form or not. He never looks interested or plays with a “full-steam-ahead” attitude whether he was playing for Real or is playing for Arsenal or Germany and Arsenal knew that when they bought him… I mean it honestly seems like before this year you’ve never watched him play… And the funniest part is he had the exact same nonchalant attitude when Arsenal were on top. When everyone praised him. HAHAHA. Now his style isn’t working so his ethic/attitude isn’t good enough so he needs to learn about that from someone who was nothing compared to him just LAST SEASON. Wrong. That’s ridiculous logic. Their attitudes WERE NOT THE SAME BEFORE, NOW, OR EVER WILL BE. When Özil finds his form he will continue to play his lackadaisical style and YOU’LL love him for it. Understand, that it’s his FORM he needs to find, not change his attitude…

  5. David Nugent says:

    I am aware of Ozil’s style of play and the fact that he has always played like that.Has Ozil really been world-class for four years? It is strange that Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti decided to sell Ozil rather than Di Maria when he had to choose between the two players.

  6. Bayern says:

    You just lost every inch of credability you had with that question… Real bought him because in two seasons for Werder he had 14 goals and 37 assists in all comps. In his first season for Real he scored 10 and assisted 24+1 for Werder giving him the most in Europe (not including the 6 he had for Germany). 11-12 He topped La Liga with 17 assists and had 22 and 8 goals in all comps for Real. Not to mention another 5 goals and for assists in 4 games for Germany in qualifying for the European Championship. 12-13 With Modrić coming in he still had 20 assists and 10 goals in all comps for Real. Plus another 6 goals and 13 assists for Germany. 5 goals and 10 assists of which came in only 8 games during World Cup Qualifying. So not including his 6 lonely assists from his time at Schalke, Özil has 79 LEAGUE assists from his start at Werder till now. 118 IN ALL COMPS over his club career (league, UCL, FA Cup, etc.) And finally 146 assists in all comps for club and country. Get all that? Because those assists totals blow every other player IN THE WORLD out of the water… So yea, on that note I’d say he’s been World Class for about 4 years now… As for your Di María tidbit. Well that was just senseless… In case you weren’t aware, Real have Isco, Modrić and Illarramendi. Having bought all three of them within the last year and a half, plus Xabi Alonso, Casemiro and Khedira when he gets back. Where does that leave room for Özil seeing they have 3 Defensive Mids and 3 Attacking Mids? He didn’t let Di María go because it would have only left him with 3 natural wide players. If Di María left, who backs up Ronaldo or Bale. Jesé can’t play both flanks at the same time… It’s pretty obvious he kept Di María for depth purposes.

  7. Bayern says:

    Not to mention another 5 goals and *4* assists in 4 games for Germany in qualifying for the European Championship. My mistake

  8. David Nugent says:

    Your not Mesut Ozil’s dad are you or did you write his Wikipedia page? Seriously though you make some good points.

  9. Ribeiro says:

    Wow… Comparing ramsey to ozil…
    Is like comparing torres to a ronaldo or messi

    Dont get me wrong ramsey is a good player, but ozil is fenomonal!
    Mr bayern is right, ozil stats and showing at real are amazing.
    And on the question why did ozil leave?
    Shure the money.,, but also bccs he didnt like anceloti, or ancelotti didnt like ozil ( one of the two- or both)

    A fact is- 1.the real team got upset when ozil left
    2. Ozil didnt leave bccs he was playing rubbish- bccs he was playing fantastic even at his bad days.
    3. Selling ozil might be ancelottia biggst mistake bro…

    Looking at arsenal… Ozil is in skill talent and potentional. Their best player…

    But every player has to get used to a new competition…. -.- every idiot could see ozil lacks stamina
    So it
    Makes sense the though EPL is a lil hard on him dont ya think

  10. Gwen says:

    Wel… Anyway.
    Ozil just needs :
    Support, some time, some rest and fans trusting him 24/7

    If the fans can cope with wenger not winning squat for YEAAARS
    Why do you guys get impatient after half a year of ozil?
    Where he was doing goos the first 1/2
    And got tired and down the second half

  11. David Nugent says:

    To make this clear I not comparing Ozil with Ramsey on an ability level. Ozil is a far more technically gifted player than the Welshman. I was suggesting that Ozil could follow Ramsey’s of working hard to prove his doubters wrong, while he becomes more accustomed to the physicality of the Premier League. I think most people would accept that Ozil has greater technical ability than Ramsey.

  12. Bayern says:

    Did you seriously just ask me that? May I ask how old you are? That’s the type of response a teenager gives when he/she can no longer argue the FACTS put in front of them… I just did some research to refute your ridiculous claims that the world of football’s assist king should take attitude advice from someone who over the past 3 or 4 years has been either constantly inconsistent, putting out nearly 0 for stats, or hurt all because he FINALLY came out of that horrible spell to have a good 3 months… That’s laughable logic. I mean seriously… Let’s tell the guy who has nearly 150 assists in 6 seasons to take notes from someone WHO WAS IN A 4 YEAR SLUMP all because he came back to have a good run in form for ONLY 3 MONTHS. And what really baffles me is that you wrote this article knowing Ramsey HASN’T PLAYED IN 3 AND A HALF MONTHS DUE TO INJURY! What kind of notes are Özil suppose to take down? How long Ramsey rides on the stationary or runs on the treadmill… You don’t even know what type of form he’s going to be in when he gets back. What happens if he’s the Ramsey of a couple years ago and Özil regains his form from the beginning of the season. I bet you won’t write the reverse article saying Ramsey should take notes from Özil.

  13. Bayern says:

    Look, honestly I know I’m coming off as rather rude it’s just that Ramsey has had the EXACT same work ethic for how long now? And it’s taken him this long to finally break out of it while Özil has fallen off for the first time in EVER. To me, you seem to be confusing play style by calling it attitude. Özil will NEVER play like Ramsey. He’s lathargic, never defends and always has to come out 70 or 80 minutes in. Maybe one day he’ll be able to finish a match but his style doesn’t need to change one bit as his numbers PROVE. He just needs to regain his confidence.

  14. Juan says:

    Come back to spain ozil! Hala madrid

  15. David Nugent says:

    Hey Bayern, sorry about the last comment, it was my silly attempt at humour. You are right Ozil’s style is lethargic, but as I have previously stated he is a very talented player, as everybody knows.

    I just think if he worked slightly harder he would be an even better player. That is not changing his style, just improving himself as an all round player. His confidence will no doubt return in due time and he will be a big asset to Arsenal.

  16. burrna says:

    Yea u all ave said t all bt u ar still missin smtin. Ozil in madrid was fantastic cos of d lyks of ronaldo nd d rest cos dey tend 2 open up 4 his killer passes bt let’s com bck 2 arsenal ozil 1st eva game 4 arsenal was gr8 cos of d runs made by d strikes lyk walcot. Ozil cnt b in dat sublime form again if he plays wit sm1 lyk giroud cos he doesn’t mke does runs dat wuld create d avenue 4 ozil’s pass so dnt blame him he needs his players 2 also help him out cos dats his style of play. Dis same ozil dats out of form if he goes bck 2 play wit ronaldo I bet u his gona b sublime once more. Y else wuld ronaldo miss him cos he alwaz read his moves nd deliver wen needed so Wenger shuld also play d lyks of podoski frequently dan Giroud dats my opinion

  17. Bayern says:

    Actually, that’s kind of my point. At Real he had Xavi Alonso and Khedira to chase down everyone behind him and even Di María with his pesky style of play on the right. The RB and RM of the opposition were pretty much always worried about defending CR7 and very rarely attacking. He was outstanding in the beginning of this season because he had guys like Arteta, Wilshere but mostly Ramsey to chase people down along with having Walcott, Poldi and Ox on the wings who are all willing defenders. Exception maybe to Walcott though but he can be rather pesky on defense sometimes. Once Ramsey got injured, Özil really lost his form. See, Mesut isn’t a defender or a winger . He specifically plays behind the striker which is why he thrives in the 4-2-3-1 system with two CDMs and two willing wingers. Because he doesn’t have to do any work. That’s his one and only flaw really. And it always will be… I honestly think the fact that Ramsey stepped his game up like three levels on top of his nonstop attitude made everything so much easier for Özil. The fact that he was always open on breaks to spring counters was because he could find the soft spot while Ramsey and Arteta chased the ball down, then find Özil who would start the break with Jack or Theo. THEY KILL ON COUNTERS! (When they have that setup…) Otherwise, when they have possession, he can sit back and pick passes and do what he does. But in both instances, very rarely will he run all out. I just want to see the two of them on pitch together again…

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