Date: 23rd April 2018 at 11:31am
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Midfielder Aaron Ramsey has been reflecting on his almost ten years with manager Arsene Wenger.

With Wenger announcing his decision to move on at the end of this campaign prior to the Premier League clash on Sunday with West Ham United, Ramsey said that the gaffer deserved every single one of the plaudits that have come his way from fans, fellow managers and players.

Admitting he personally owes Wenger a ‘lot’ from his time with him at the club, the Welshman was now looking to repay him with a strong end to the 2017/18 season and hopefully, Wenger can bow out of his 22-year association with us with a Europa League winners medal.

Speaking to the Official Site, Ramsey explained that although the decision may not have come strictly out of the blue, the timing of the announcement was unexpected.

“It’s been really tough. It’s tough to take for the group of lads. He’s believed in us and backed us and has given us all these opportunities over the years, especially for me – he brought me here as a 17-year-old. I owe him a lot. But he deserves everything he gets, all the plaudits and all the recognition for the great work that he’s done here over the years. Hopefully, we can finish off the season on a high for him.”

Having referenced finishing off the season in style, the first half against West Ham United certainly wasn’t what the doctor ordered for Arsenal. The second half, however, saw a standout performance from the side as we romped to a 4-1 victory on the day and having opened the scoring at the Emirates Stadium, Ramsey now goes into our top ten goalscorers list under the Frenchman.

“To be honest, no I didn’t think it was going in! It was for Auba, but I’m glad he left it. I’m delighted on a personal note but more importantly we got the points today.”

If the aim is to repay Wenger, this was a good start but Thursday is the more important match as we look to salvage a poor season. Get it right in that one and the feel-good factor will continue to grow.