The young Welsh international Aaron Ramsey made it quite clear a few weeks ago that he was unhappy being played out on the wings for Arsenal, and he told Arsene Wenger that he is much better in the centre. Of course everyone already knew that, but Wenger has persisted in using Ramsey down the wings, preferring the more experienced Cazorla in that role.
Well this weekend Ramsey will be playing in the centre for Wales against Belgium, and he has expressed the hope that his performance will persuade Wenger that this really is his best position. “I’m happy to be in the centre for Wales – that’s my favourite position and where I play my best football,” said Ramsey in WalesOnline. “I’ve spoken to the manager (Wenger) about it a few times and he said it was temporary.
“But I think I can be a bigger threat in the centre. I can time my runs into the box better and use your instinct where to go rather than just try and get in at the far post. Perhaps if I can get a goal against Belgium it might give him a nudge!”
Although we all know that Ramsey is a great player in the middle, Arsenal fans were understandably annoyed when Wenger used him in an ineffective wing role while leaving confirmed wide men like Theo Walcott on the bench, but the fact is that if Ramsey wasn’t out on the wing, would he get into the starting XI?