Saturday 21 April 2018

Ramsey must ensure no mental scars remain from Shawcross tackle

Henry Winter

Aaron Ramsey must not allow mental scars to stymie his development at Arsenal.

Some reflections on events at the Britannia Stadium. Stoke City are a limited team but not a dirty one. Their centre-half, Ryan Shawcross, is a promising player who made a reckless challenge on Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey but not a malicious one.

Shawcross’s remorse was obviously genuine. But if he is to mature into a top-class centre-half, one capable of any sustained prominence with England, Shawcross must learn that there is a certain type of aggressive, high-speed tackle tolerated in English football that draws instant sanction from foreign referees, even if no contact with the opponent occurs.

Shawcross must learn to nick the ball.

As for Ramsey, a fine young talent with technical gifts that Shawcross can only dream of, the Welshman will recover medically.

The physical scars will fade but Ramsey must ensure no mental scars remain that could stymie his development. Just look at Eduardo.

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