Arsenal fans' Aaron Ramsey abuse made me consider dropping him at homeadmits Arsene Wenger
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted he was SCARED to play Aaron Ramsey at the Emirates last season. In-form Ramsey is now one of the hottest properties in Europe, but was being jeered by his own fans a year ago.
Manager Wenger revealed that he was advised against picking Ramsey in home games as it was feared the Gunners' supporters would turn on him as he struggled for form in the extended aftermath of THAT broken leg.
Wenger said: “Let’s not forget that one year ago people were saying to me, ‘It’s difficult to play him at the Emirates.'
“You could see there was an impatience with him at home. You always are, as a manager, in a period where you think, ‘Do I push him through and he can go more down, or do you give him a breather - to regenerate, to get him a fresh start?'
“That’s always difficult for us to assess because it is linked to their mental state. When their own confidence is down, of course, they are in trouble. But he is a confident boy.”
Ramsey is now justifying Wenger’s faith and has won over the Arsenal faithful.
The 11-goal midfielder can potentially help them qualify for the Champions League knock-out stages on Tuesday when they entertain Marseille.
Wenger said: “You have to give Aaron credit for that transformation - the credit goes to him because he could deal with that.
“He has shown he could come back, never give up, convince everybody that he has the needed quality.”
The Welshman has scored five goals in the Champions League already this term and Wenger is confident he will go from strength to strength and prove he is a world class player.
Wenger added: “He can become (world class). I think always you know what you want, I do not judge people when I look back at their career [on whether] they were world-class or not world-class.
“I always think, 'Has this guy done the maximum with the potential he had?' And the respect I have for a guy is how far has he gone towards his potential. I never think, ‘Was he a world-class player or not?’
“Of course, when you play at Arsenal you need already to be a world-class player, because you go through so many selections - you need to have some special talent. What is for me most important is, 'Has a player gone as far as he could?'
“He’s 22 years old. I’m 64, and I still think I can improve, so why should a guy who is 32, who can play until he is 35, think he is the top of his game. It’s impossible.
"If he has the right attitude, he will continue to improve.”