Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has called on Arsene Wenger to play him in his favoured central role after operating on the right wing towards the back end of last season, Sky Sports reports.
Ramsey lost his central berth to Santi Cazorla last season, with Wenger positioning the Welshman out wide as the boss aimed to get the balance of the side right.
The 24-year-old provided excellent cover for Hector Bellerin, who loves to venture forward and wreak havoc. However, Ramsey wants a return to his favoured position and he has vowed to work hard to get his wish.
Arsenal transfer news
“Of course I prefer the middle and I make no secret of that,” Ramsey told Sky Sports.
“I was asked to do a job at the back end of last season on the right by the manager and I felt I did and had an impact in games.
- Report: Raul Sanllehi Identifies 24-Year-Old As The Perfect Replacement For Hector Bellerin
- Report: Arsenal Ready To Offer €100 Million For Thomas Lemar In January
- Report: Arsenal Offer Ozil Final £275,000/Week Contract
“But my favourite position is in the middle and that is what I want to get back too.”
Despite Ramsey’s undoubted talent, there are a few areas of his game he needs to work on if he’s to displace Cazorla from his central position.
Firstly, Wenger, rather unusually, publically criticised Ramsey for being “obsessed by goals” (via Arsenal Player) and called on the midfielder to search for a complete game.
On too many occasions has Ramsey surged forward from midfield when he should be choosing his moments in order to prevent a counter-attack, something Cazorla has mastered.
The former Cardiff man must also improve his distribution from central midfield, with the emphasis on our deepest midfielder to be able to start the team’s attacks.
Cazorla has been able to do that wonderfully and resist pressure from the opposition, a feature of our displays towards the end of last season.
If Ramsey can add those qualities to his game, he’ll become the ultimate midfielder.