With Theo Walcott suffering from a slight hamstring strain, it left Aaron Ramsey as the only Arsenal player on display as England faced Wales in their penultimate Euro 2012 qualifier at Wembley.
Despite England emerging 1-0 victors, it was the 20 year old Arsenal midfielder and Wales captain Ramsey who was awarded man of the match by ITV for his glowing performance at the heart of the Wales midfield.
Ramsey, who was assured in possession throughout the tie was particularly influential in the second half of the game when Wales dominated the ball. Ramsey was key to everything good that Wales did on the night, he was industrious, ever available and creative.
It was Ramsey who set up the two best chances for Wales on his night. His beautifully flighted free kick from the right hand side was headed across the face of the goal by defender Darcy Blake. Cardiff striker Robert Earnshaw arrived on the end of the nod down only to fluff his lines with the goal at his mercy.
Moment later it was Ramsey again who lifted a beautifully flighted through ball over the heads of the England defence to on rushing full back Chris Gunter who saw his one on one effort saved by Joe Hart. Had Gunter found the net the goal wouldn’t of counted anyway with the referee spotting a foul by him on Ashley Young in the build up.
Despite the result it is apparent that the current Wales crop have a very bright future and Aaron Ramsey is at the centre of it. This performance showed exactly why Gary Speed named the youngster as his captain.
The performance will also resonate well with Arsenal fans who we’re observing the International break to see how their stars reacted from the woeful performance at Old Trafford last weekend. Ramsey’s performance showed he not only has the maturity to bounce back, but bounce back in style.