While I can understand the frustration of the Arsenal and Wales international star Aaron Ramsey about having to play out on the right side of midfield for the last year or so, when he has been fit to play of course, I can also understand the thinking of Arsene Wenger in his decision to prefer Santi Cazorla in the central midfield role.
To be fair to the boss, if Ramsey had been performing and banging in the goals from the middle like he was a couple of years ago, the decision would have been tougher, but injury problems and a loss of form meant that Ramsey was not the killer he had been, while the Spaniard’s creative stats have spoken for themselves since Wenger dropped him into a deeper role.
So the Frenchman has nothing to feel bad about and it is up to Ramsey to prove his value in that position now the Cazorla injury has given him a chance, as Wenger explained in an interview on the Arsenal website.
The Arsenal manager said, “It is a possibility [for Ramsey], yes. For him it is a good opportunity if he plays there, that is where he prefers to play. I can use [Chambers there too] if needed, he can play there.”
It is not just Chambers that Ramsey needs to worry about either, because there is a certain Jack Wilshere chomping at the bit and not far from his own injury comeback and he has done really well for England in a deeper role. I really hope Arsenal start to see the Ramsey that took the Premier League by storm and put us on track for the title, but he is under pressure and has sometimes tired too hard in those circumstances.
What do you think we will see from Ramsey in the next few weeks?