Okay we all know that our Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is very keen to keep Aaron Ramsey playing in the starting XI, even if it means that he has to put him on the wing rather than in his favoured central midfielder position, but the Welshman himself has now spoken out and told the manager that he thinks that it is his team-mate Theo Walcott that really should be taking that spot.
Walcott seems to be in a battle of wills with Wenger over his contract at the moment, so he was given (unsuccessfully) half an hour in Giroud’s place as centre-forward against Swansea, but Ramsey thinks he should be playing in his own place on the wing. “Playing on the right is not my preferred position,” said Ramsey. “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 does.
“I prefer to get in the little pockets of space, get involved and play the combinations but it is important to do a job for the team.”
So the question must be asked why Wenger is preferring to play Ramsey out of position on the flanks, while leaving a now fit Walcott on the bench. We all know that Walcott fancies himself as a centre-forward, and will not sign his new contract unless he is given that role, but how did that work out against Swansea?