Arsenal supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been in high spirits in recent times after seeing their team record their first win of the Premier League season at the weekend.
Unai Emery’s men went into their clash with London rivals West Ham off the back of successive defeats to start the season at the hands of Manchester City and Chelsea, with both they and indeed Manuel Pellegrini’s Hammers heading into Saturday’s clash pointless after two matches. And while the Gunners fell behind to Marko Arnautovic’s first half effort, they hit back through goals from Nacho Monreal and Danny Welbeck, alongside an own goal from Issa Diop, to secure all three points at the Emirates Stadium, and thus give Emery his first win since replacing Arsene Wenger.
Thus, there have been many upbeat Gunners fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom took to Twitter at the weekend disagreeing with the club’s Player of the Season award from last season, which was given to Aaron Ramsey prior to Saturday’s clash.
And while some of those supporters made the case for Monreal to win the award, they are wrong to suggest that £40.5 million-rated Ramsey (as per Transfermarkt) was not the worthy winner of the award.
Ultimately, last season was a testing one for Arsenal given they again finished outside of the top four in the Premier League, although they did manage to reach the Carabao Cup final and indeed the last four of the Europa League.
Yes, Spain international Monreal certainly played his part in helping Wenger’s side reach the latter stages of those competitions, but it’s difficult to make a case for the defender when he was a key part of a Gunners backline that shipped 51 goals in the Premier League last term, 13 more than big six rivals Chelsea and Liverpool.
And while Wales international Ramsey hasn’t always been a starter in the early stages of Emery’s stint in charge at the Emirates, there is little doubting just how influential he was last term for Arsenal in netting 11 goals and laying on 12 assists in 32 appearances for the club, equating to a direct contribution every 75 minutes of action.
In fact, Ramsey was second only to Alexandre Lacazette (17) in the goal-scoring charts and second to just Mesut Ozil (14) in the assists ranks to further emphasise just how integral he was to the Gunners going forward last season, and how important he will be to the side in the remainder of this campaign.
So while Monreal deserves much credit for arguably his best season since moving to Arsenal back in 2013, some Gunners fans are wrong to suggest that teammate Ramsey was not the worthy winner of the club’s Player of the Season award.
Arsenal fans… what do you think? Let us know!