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Anyone watching the Stoke City against Arsenal game on Saturday would have been absolutely sickened to see the horrific injury against Arsenal forward Aaron Ramsey. The horror show tackle could easily end Ramsey’s career such was the extent of the injury.
The incident happened in the second half when Ryan Shawcross knocked the ball ahead of him and tried to catch up to it while Aaron Ramsey ran forward to intercept the ball. It was a fifty fifty ball, but Ramsey got to the ball first while Shawcross was late and ended up missing the ball completely and went in to Ramsey. Ramsey fell forward from the impact and, in a sickening scene, you could see the bottom half of his right leg completely flop in mid-air as he came crashing to the ground.
Arsenal and Stoke players quickly called for the Arsenal doctor and medical help to rush on to the field. Arsenal players, who were sickened at the scene, could be seen with tears in their eyes. Shawcross, meanwhile, was red carded but instead of leaving the field, he walked over to Ramsey to see if he was OK, was understandably pushed away by Arsenal players and then walked off the field crying and wiping tears on his shirt.
While our prayers go out to Ramsey for a safe recovery, he’s unquestionably going to be out for the rest of the season and may have played the last game of his career. However, let’s wait to see what the medical experts say.
As for Ryan Shawcross, it was a horribly late tackle from the Stoke City defender. But it was not intentional and there was no malice in what he did. As unfortunate as they are, these late tackles happen in soccer from time to time. In the case of Ramsey, he was definitely in the wrong place at the wrong time. Let’s hope Ramsey will have a speedy recovery.
When Ramsey was injured, the scoreline was 1-1. But the Gunners came back late in the second half and ended up winning the game 3-1. Despite the victory, all the discussion will be overshadowed by the horrific tackle.