WALES’ Aaron Ramsey has now won two FA Cups for Arsenal in four years and it’s about time his critics ate their words.

Aside from under-fire manager Arsene Wenger, Ramsey is probably the most maligned man at Arsenal.

Despite scoring the winning goal against Hull City in the 2014 cup final, thus ending the club’s nine-year trophy drought, and repeating the feat against Chelsea on Saturday Ramsey has failed to convince a section of the Gunners’ support.

The 26-year-old from Caerphilly is revered here in Wales having starred for the under-21s and captained the senior side as far back as 2011.

Rambo has scored 11 goals in 46 appearances for his country and his stellar performances for Chris Coleman’s team last summer saw him named in the UEFA Euro 2016 team of the tournament alongside Welsh teammate Joe Allen.

Who knows? If he’d not been suspended for that semi-final against Portugal in Lyon maybe Coleman’s team would have made it all the way to the final in Paris.

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But back at Arsenal this season it’s been the same old story for Ramsey, who always seems to be an easy target when things go wrong at the North London club.

Celebrity Arsenal fan Piers Morgan has made his feelings about the Welshman very clear over the past five years.

He once labelled Ramsey “a complete and utter liability.”

And as recently as March he told his 5.8m Twitter followers: “Ramsey sums up this team – spineless, heartless, mediocre. I'd sell him so fast he wouldn't even have time to snub my handshake again.”

That last line was a reference to a chance meeting between the two when Ramsey reportedly rejected the ITV presenter’s peace offering.

Social media motor mouth Morgan does not represent the club’s entire fan-base, of course, but he is by no means alone in his sniping at the man who has scored 47 goals in 297 games for the club.

Just type the words ‘Aaron Ramsey Arsenal’ into the Twitter search engine and once you wade through the celebrations of his match-winning feats at the weekend you don’t have to go back too far to find some vile abuse from a minority of Arsenal fans.

Wales teammate Chris Gunter insists that Ramsey has not been affected by the criticism.

“He is fine, it’s not something that bothers him,” said Newport-born Gunter, who also played with Ramsey as a youngster at Cardiff City and was best man at his wedding in 2014.

“He doesn’t need to prove himself to anyone and the stuff wouldn’t bother Aaron because you find out quickly in football who to listen to.

“The only people you need to impress are your team-mates and your manager and everything else going around it, you take and it changes every week.”

He added: "Piers Morgan is not in football, is he?

"Anybody like that you have to separate, especially in this day and age with social media everybody wants followers, views, likes and this type of stuff and how much is somebody like that just doing it for the attention?

"For Aaron it doesn't bother me because we all get stick at certain times. I have had it and he has certainly had it over the years."

Asked about Ramsey’s absence from last summer’s semi-final, Gunter said: “People always say with Aaron 'We could have done with Aaron in that game' and sometimes with certain players you realise how good they are when you haven't got them.

"I think people take Aaron for granted in terms of the things he does with the ball and the things he sees and the passes he plays and when he isn't on the pitch.

"We haven't really got anyone like him to do that then you realise even more and we are a much better team with him in it."

But, despite Gunter’s public protestations, those close to the player report in private that he has been hurt by the barbs from some Arsenal supporters.

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He will admit that, Saturday aside, the 2016-2017 season was not his finest in the famous red and white shirt with niggling injuries once again disrupting his progress.

Since 2010 and that horrible leg-break at Stoke City – where he still unfathomably gets booed by the home fans – that has too often been the case in Ramsey’s club career.

And, apart from a spectacular start to the 2013-2014 season, he has not scored the number of goals he should have in the Premier League.

But he always gives everything for the cause – as evidenced by the fact that he covered a record distance for a player in an FA Cup final of 14.4km on Saturday – and he has a happy knack of delivering on the big stage.

If played in the right position and if he can stay injury-free Ramsey can still live up to Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard’s description of him in 2015 as “the best attacking midfielder in the Premier League.”

As an Arsenal supporter myself, I hope he stays at the club for years to come.

But it’s time for all Gunners fans to appreciate what they have in Ramsey and if they don’t then maybe it’s time for him to find a club where he gets the love and respect he deserves.