Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is growing frustrated with his wide-right role, and has reminded us that his best position remains central, the Mirror reports.
Arsene Wenger initially deployed Ramsey on the right against Liverpool as a tactical move, and after we won 4-1, the Welshman has been asked to occupy that role ever since.
For a while it seemed like a stroke of genius, but in our last two home games Wenger’s experiment has been brutally exposed – with the team severely lacking width.
Both Swansea City and Chelsea left our ground with a clean shit, and in most cases they were extremely comfortable on their left side.
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“It [playing on the right] is not my preferred position,” Ramsey bemoaned.
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“I am a central midfielder and that’s where I like to be. I like to be involved a lot more in the game.
“But the manager’s asked me to do a job out there, and I do have the licence 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 am not a winger, I can’t knock the ball beyond my man like Theo [Walcott] does.”
Wenger has often opted to start Ramsey in that position ahead of natural wide players such as Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck, which all of a sudden seems quite bizarre.
Upon Jack Wilshere and Walcott’s introduction on Monday – which subsequently saw Ramsey move inside – we started to produce our best football and stretch the opposition’s defence.
It is time for Wenger to accept that Ramsey in his current position isn’t working, and make the tough decision to start with either he or Santi Cazorla in a central midfield instead.