Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has revealed that he wants to be deployed in a central midfield position by Arsene Wenger, not out on the wing.
In recent weeks the Wales international has been utilised on the right hand side of midfield to accommodate the impressive pairing of Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin, and he’s proved himself useful there, only last week scoring and assisting during the 3-1 win over Hull City.
However the 24-year-old has made it clear, as relayed ,, that he doesn’t see himself a conventional wide-man so much as a player who thrives in the middle of the park whilst amongst the thick of it.
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"It's not my preferred position," Ramsey said.
"I'm a central midfielder and that's where I like to be.
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"I like to be involved a lot more in the game. When you are out wide you don't touch the ball for three or four minutes and I like to be at the heart of everything, trying to drive the team forward.
"But the manager's asked me to do a job out there, and I do have the license to drift in and get involved. When we are defending I have to stay in position, but when we get the ball I can drift.
"I'm not a winger, I can't knock the ball beyond my man like Theo does, I prefer to get in the little pockets of space and get involved and play the combinations but it's important to do a job for the team."
Now 24, Ramsey has experienced mixed fortunes at Arsenal, often flattering to deceive yet occasionally enjoying hot-streaks of form that underline his true ability. His campaign this time around has been riddled with knocks and injuries that have somewhat stalled his progress, and that has allowed others to get ahead of him in the pecking order.
For until the return of Coquelin from his loan spell with Charlton Athletic Ramsey, along with Jack Wilshere, was a vital cog in the centre of Wenger’s midfield.
Now both he and Wilshere have a job on their hands if they’re to convince the Frenchman that they’re the creative assets he wants running the show, and with Wenger said to be considering a move for another midfielder in the summer that task may be about to get harder.
In any case it’s unlikely Ramsey will remain a winger for too much longer. Blessed with an engine designed to see him motor up and down the pitch and passes made to split open all but the most water-tight defences, the Welshman is far more suited to being effective in central positions, and though he does a job out wide being there blunts his potency.
What’s more Ramsey is a proven goalscorer and, as Alexis Sanchez has proved this season, goals from midfield can count for a hell of a lot when the end of the campaign comes around.
With Emirates Stadium fans sure to expect a credible title assault and a more successful venture in the Champions League as of next year Ramsey could make a huge difference if he’s on song. If he’s not then the only solace he’ll find will be on the bench.
Arsenal fans, should Ramsey be playing in the centre of midfield or is Arsene Wenger right to be using him out wide at the moment? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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