Frank Lampard has claimed that Arsenal have failed to get the best out of Aaron Ramsey, and urged them to make sure they tie him down to a new long term deal.
The Gunners central star has been excelling this season despite a few iffy performances of late, and is currently battling with Jack Wilshere for a regular first-team role alongside Granit Xhaka when both remain fit.
The Welsh international is currently into the final 18 months of his contract however, and Frank Lampard has urged them to wrap up his new deal sooner rather than later, and focus their entire team around his talents.
‘I’m an admirer of Aaron Ramsey and Arsenal must try to secure his long-term future at the club,’ Frank said.
‘Ramsey has just over a year left on his contract and once again Arsenal have got themselves in a position where one of their key player’s deals is running out.
‘It will probably come as no surprise to people that I like Ramsey. Like me, he makes late runs in the penalty area and he showed that with aplomb for the second goal at AC Milan last week.
‘One wonders if he’s ever felt he’s the main man at Arsenal and that’s maybe why he might consider looking elsewhere.
‘I feel some sympathy for him because his position has changed over the years at the club. Sometimes, because they’ve had so many attacking midfielders, he’s been dropped further back.
‘On the other hand, I accept there maybe doubts over whether he performs consistently enough ‘He is class when at his best and I do feel there is another level for him to strive for. He showed great quality at the 2016 European Championships.
‘Arsenal need to keep their good British players and build the team around them, with more strength and power as a priority.’
Is Ramsey the man to build the team around? Has Wenger let his progression down? Is central midfield his best position? Would he be better suited to a midfield three?