Stats Prove Aaron Ramsey Hasn’t Been Influential

Aaron Ramsey

It took quite a while for Arsenal supporters to come around to Aaron Ramsey, especially me. The Welsh international struggled to find consistency after his horrific injury, but has become a regular as of late. Whether he’s been in great form, or Arsene Wenger has a man crush on him, he features more often than not.

Rambo has the ability to operate down the middle of the pitch, and realistically, that’s the only position he should occupy. But unfortunately, Arsene Wenger likes to experiment, or is simply obsessed with the 25-year old.

From time to time, Ramsey will be deployed on the wing, where he is incredibly frustrating to watch. His lack of pace should be a sufficient reason to not play him out wide.

His ability to track back and help defensively can be beneficial. The only problem is that while he puts in a shift tracking back, going forward, he essentially becomes useless. He doesn’t have the legs nor the stamina to work up and down the wing.

Even when operating down the middle, where I think he’s most influential, stats don’t really back that up.

The 2013/14 campaign was his best since joining Arsenal in June of 2008. From then on, I find myself more frustrated than excited about him. Makes me wonder if that season when he netted 16 goals in 34 appearances across all competitions was a fluke.

To backup the argument, or make this conversation interesting, let’s have a look at some stats.

With Ramsey playing in a central role, Arsenal are winless this season, having drawn both (vs Spu*s & vs PSG).

Result Goals Allowed Goals Scored Competition Minutes Played
1-0 vs Newcastle 0 1 PL 90
3-1 vs Sunderland 1 2 (1 Without Him) FA 23
3-3 @ Liverpool 3 3 PL 90
0-0 @ Stoke 0 0 PL 90
0-1 vs Chelsea 1 0 PL 90
0-0 vs Southampton 0 0 PL 90
2-0 @ Bournemouth 0 2 PL 90
2-1 vs Leicester 1 2 PL 90
0-2 vs Barcelona 2 0 UCL 90
2-3 @ Man Utd 3 2 PL 90
1-2 vs Swansea 2 1 PL 90
4-0 @ Hull City 0 4 (3 Without Him) FA 16
3-3 @ West Ham 0 (3 Without Him) 1 (2 Without Him) PL 29
2-0 vs West Brom 0 2 PL 90
0-0 @ Sunderland 0 0 PL 90
1-0 vs Norwich 0 1 PL 90
2-2 @ Man City 2 2 PL 90
2016/17
1-1 vs Spu*s 0 (1 Without Him) 0 (1 Without Him) PL 25
2-2 vs PSG 2 2 UCL 90
7W – 8D – 4L 17 (4 Without Him) 25 (7 Without Him)   1443

Now, let’s have a look at the numbers with Ramsey out wide.

When deployed on the wing, where I absolutely hate to see him play, they’ve won twice, drawn one and lost one.

Against Sunderland, Arsenal ran riot prior to him coming on. Their comeback against Ludogorets was only complete after Rambo came off, although he did get the assist for Giroud’s goal before halftime.

Out on the wing, he’s yet to be on the pitch with Arsenal snatching the match winning goal.

Result Goals Allowed Goals Scored Competition Minutes Played
2-2 @ Spu*s 2 2 PL 90
1-1 vs C. Palace 1 0 (1 Without Him) PL 15
2016/17
3-4 vs Liverpool 3 (1 Without Him) 1 (2 Without Him) PL 61
1-4 @ Sunderland 0 (1 Without Him) 1 (3 Without Him) PL 13
2-3 @ Ludogorets 2 2 (1 Without Him) UCL 75
1-1 @ Man Utd 1 1 PL 90
2W – 3D – 1L 9 (2 Without Him) 7 (6 Without Him)   344

This season, without Aaron Ramsey from the start or as a sub, Arsenal have yet to lose. They’ve won ten and drew three. From that thirteen game run, the Gunners have scored 31 goals and only conceded six, along with eight cleansheets. Not even bad!

That’s an average of 2.4 goals per match, with 0.5 goals against.

If we look at last season, but only from the start of January, without the Welshman, Arsenal won four, drew one and lost two. So in total, without Aaron Ramsey since January 2016, Arsenal won 14, lost two and drew four. Those are some impressive numbers to say the least. Interestingly enough, the two losses were an FA Cup match, and a UCL match against Barcelona.

Result Goals Allowed Goals Scored Competition
2-1 vs Burnley 1 2 FA
0-0 vs Hull City 0 0 FA
1-2 vs Watford 2 1 FA
1-3 @ Barcelona 3 1 UCL
0-2 @ Everton 0 2 PL
4-0 vs Watford 0 4 PL
4-0 vs Aston Villa 0 4 PL
2016/17
0-0 @ Leicester 0 0 PL
1-3 @ Watford 1 3 PL
2-1 vs Southampton 1 2 PL
1-1 @ PSG 1 1 UCL
1-4 @ Hull City 1 4 PL
0-4 @ Nottingham 0 4 EFL
3-0 vs Chelsea 0 3 PL
2-0 vs Basel 0 2 UCL
0-1 @ Burnley 0 1 PL
3-2 vs Swansea 2 3 PL
6-0 vs Ludogorets 0 6 PL
0-0 Middlesbrough 0 0 PL
2-0 vs Reading 0 2 EFL
14W – 4D – 2L 12 45

Having seen the stats over the last 11, almost 12 months, I’m curious if Arsene Wenger regrets sending Jack Wilshere out on loan?

Would you prefer to see Jack Wilshere pulling the strings from deep? I’d still even prefer Xhaka and Coquelin central over Ramsey at this point. What I can say is if the rumors are true about Barcelona offering loads of money for Rambo, it might be best to part ways.