Aaron Ramsey has revealed he has been left frustrated by Arsene Wenger's insistence on playing him in a wide position in recent Arsenal games.
The Wales international is a centre-midfielder by nature, but has had to make way for Santi Cazorla, who has formed a formidable partnership with Francis Coquelin in recent weeks.
Wenger has been keen to keep Ramsey in the side but has had to shift him to the right-wing as a result.
But the 24-year-old is very aware of his inability to perform at his best whilst playing in the position and is hoping he is given the chance to win his place in the centre back of Cazorla.
Ramsey told The Sun: “I’m not hiding from the fact I want to be playing in the middle. I’ve had chats with the manager about it and I showed this week what I’m capable of doing when I go into the middle.
“The manager has said he wants me to do a job out wide for the moment and obviously I’ll do that for him. But we have wingers on the bench and he’s still been picking me out wide.”
Ramsey was given the chance to return to his natural position against Sunderland when Jack Wilshere was charged with the task of playing out wide instead.
“I’m trying to get that position back because I like to get the ball and drive the team forward"
However, he is expected to return to the wing for Arsenal's final game against West Brom on Sunday and could also start in the same position in next Saturday's FA Cup final against Aston Villa.
Winning it back
But Ramsey, who was linked with a £50m move to Barcelona on Friday, won't stop trying to win his position back of Cazorla until the season is well and truly over.
Ramsey said: “Santi Cazorla is playing in my position at the moment. He is the one who plays alongside Francis Coquelin and tries to get forward.
“I’m trying to get that position back because I like to get the ball and drive the team forward.
“I’m not a No 10 like Mesut Ozil, even though I’ll try to play between the lines now and again if the game demands it and we’re pressing high.
“I like to start from a defensive position and drive the team forward with little one-two passes around the opposition. That’s what I prefer.
Struggling out wide
“It’s harder to get involved when you’re on the wing and that’s why I don’t really enjoy playing out there.
“I’m used to getting the ball a lot more in the middle of the park. I like to be involved in everything and at the moment I’m relying on other players to get me into the game.
“It’s a bit frustrating but the manager wants me to play there and I’m doing it for him. As I say, we’ve already had conversations about it.
“His door is always open, which is a good thing. He will always respect your opinion but he has his reasons and I’m still contributing to the team.
“I’ve been doing well recently and I’ve scored a few goals and had a few assists.
“So I am having an impact on the game. It’s just that I prefer to be much more involved.”
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