'Best display in years' - Keown praises Arsenal mainstay after performance v Chelsea
By Aramide Oladipo
Martin Keown has heaped huge praise on Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey for his performance against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.
The 26-year-old produced a disciplined display in the middle of the park alongside teammate Granit Xhaka as the Gunners managed to register a 0-0 draw against the Premier League champions at Stamford Bridge.
The Wales international was unfortunate not to open the scoring in the first-half as his shot struck the inside of the post after a marauding run into the penalty area.
Ramsey, who has spent six years at the North London club, received the man of the match award following his display as Arsenal earned their first point at Chelsea since the 2011-12 campaign.
Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, Arsenal legend Keown was delighted with the midfielder’s performance and claimed that Arsene’s Wenger men have set a benchmark for their upcoming matches.
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“They were disciplined, worked together and pressed as a unit to close down Chelsea,” he wrote.
“This was the first time that Chelsea have failed to score at Stamford Bridge under Antonio Conte. When Chelsea were in possession, Arsenal put them under such pressure they made Gary Cahill look like he could not pass.
“With midfielders working around him, Aaron Ramsey was able to get on the ball more. He ran the show in midfield and it was his best display for years.
“But from now on, every player must adopt this level of organisation in tricky away games. This showed the strength of their XI is better than any individual.”
The midfielder has enjoyed success against Chelsea in the recent meetings as he scored in the winning goal in last season’s FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium.
Although he has only managed to complete the full 90 minutes on two occasions, Ramsey has contributed with one goal and one assist for the Gunners this season.
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