Aaron Ramsey was easily the best Arsenal player in the Gunners’ 0-2 win over Aston Villa on Sunday, with the 24-year-old playing alongside Mathieu Flamini in a deeper role than he normally likes to play.
His performance however, reveals that a deeper role could ultimately be his best position at the club, as during the match with Villa he had a 91% pass rate and made five tackles (via The Independent), topping the afternoon off with a goal.
When talking about Ramsey’s performance on Monday Night Football, former Chelsea and Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard said he thought that if Ramsey could adapt his game to playing a deeper role, it could play a big part in the Gunners’ challenge for the title.
“Ramsey has to change his game and think about the defensive side of his game,” Lampard said on Sky Sports Monday Night Football (via The Independent).
“With [Mesut] Ozil playing so well he knows he’s not going to get that number 10 role, so he’ll have to drop deeper.”
While Lampard recognises that Ozil is the creative genius, he is not sure as to how well Ramsey can be relied upon to play a deeper role in the side.
“At the moment he [Ramsey] doesn’t yet have the ability to play in a midfield two.
“I love him as a player, very bright and very clever but you can see the way he’s running back he doesn’t really want to do it.
“Ramsey has to see that Ozil is the number 10 and drop back in.
“It’s alright playing like he does when you’re playing the lesser teams, but when you’re playing top teams you need to be more secure.”
Lampard’s comments regarding Ramsey are all valid, and against teams with a potent attack like Manchester City or Barcelona the Welshman will need to be mindful of his defensive duties. Let’s hope we get to see more of the former England international on Sky, as the channel plans to use a guest commentator each Monday night to fill in for Gary Neville, after the former Manchester United star left broadcasting to take over at La Liga side Valencia (via the Mirror).