Ramsey Gunning For Cazorla’s Position

Get back out wide Aaron!

Aaron Ramsey has become increasingly frustrated with being played out wide, and wants to return to a more central and defensive position alongside Francis Coquelin, where Santi Cazorla is currently playing. 

The Welsh star has spoken out about his frustration and admitted that he has had several chats with boss Arsene Wenger about it, although accepts that he has done what he has needed to for the good of the team.

“I’m not hiding away from it, I want to be playing in the middle. I’ve had chats with the manager about it. I showed at Manchester United what I’m capable of doing when I go into the middle of the park.

“But the manager said he wants me do a job out there for the moment and obviously I’ll do that for him. But I prefer to play in the middle.”

However, he was glad to return to his preferred role for the Sunderland game on Wednesday despite a jaded performance from the whole team which resulted in a 0-0 draw, making it three consecutive games without a win at the Emirates after what had been the most successful run of form at the ground since it opened in 2006.

The 24 year-old wants to play alongside Coquelin so that he can help drive the team forward, but he has performed well on the right-wing despite an arguable lack of pace, certainly compared with the likes of Walcott, Sanchez and Chamberlain, producing a very good return of goals and assists from his time spent there.

Ramsey also said the manager was very willing to chat to him about and this epitomises the good spirit there is within the team.

“Santi Cazorla is the one in my position. He’s the one who plays alongside Francis Coquelin and tries to get forward. I am trying to get that back.

“I like to get the ball and drive the team forward. I’m not a No10, playing with my back to goal. I’ll try to play between the lines now and again if the game demands that and we’re pressing quite high. That can be a dangerous position to take up.

“But I like to start from a defensive position and drive the team forward with little one-twos around players. That’s where I prefer to play.

“The manager respects ­everyone’s opinion. His door is always open, which is a good thing. He’ll have his reasons but will also respect your reasons and value your opinions.

“It’s harder to get involved in the game when you’re on the wing, which is why I don’t really enjoy playing there. I’m used to getting the ball a lot more in the middle of the park.

“I like to be involved in ­everything, in starting attacks. I’m relying on other people to get me into the game. It is a bit frustrating. I am having an impact on the game but I prefer to be much more involved.”

Yet this shows his passion and desire to play and earn back his position in central midfield at Arsenal, which can only be a promising sign from an Arsenal fans perspective given the impending rumours that are set to come about with regards to his future, with the supposed £50m bid from Barcelona probably just the beginning.

Ramsey Raring to Progress

Aaron Ramsey Happy
After suffering a double leg break, it was unclear if Ramsey would ever be able to play professional football again, or return to become the player he would have otherwise been.

But Aaron has made a full recovery, and after an injury-hampered season last year, common for those who come back from long-term injuries, he has returned fighting, forcing himself into Wenger’s plans.

However, Ramsey has suffered a lot of fans abuse for some poor displays, especially earlier on in the season. Played out on the right, in an unnatural position for him, which was bizarre in my opinion while we had Walcott and Chamberlain both warming the bench.

Perhaps more frustration should have been towards Wenger than Ramsey? But whoever you blame, it’s undeniable that he has improved immensely since being used in his preferred role, central midfield. Perhaps it was a confidence, or security issue?

Regardless, Aaron has expressed his delight at being able to have completely shaken-off the horrific injury he suffered, as well as being apart of Wenger’s first-team plans. He was one of the five British players to sign a long-term contract for Arsenal, securing his place amongst the ranks for the foreseeable future.

Ramsey had this to say to skysports.com earlier on:

“The determination and the professionalism that you need to go through that, all the hours in the gym, is quite tough.

“I have got through that now. It has taken me a bit longer than I would have liked, but I am happy now where I am, and hoping to improve.

“It did take it out of me that injury, and hopefully that will have only been a minor hiccup in the long run when I look back on my career.

“I am hungry to keep that shirt and have proven that with the way I have been playing of late. Hopefully I can keep my place in the team.”

This comes after a string of first-team starts in recent weeks, where he had been filling the void left by Arteta who was absent through injury. Rambo managed to keep his place, and after being benched against Blackburn with Wilshere and Cazorla while Arteta played, it seems he may have been rested for the Bayern game therefore making him set to maintain his first-team spot.

After 2 consecutive clean-sheet victories, it comes down to the old motto. Don’t change a winning team. After Arteta’s performance against Blackburn, Mikel has certainly done himself no favours to get back into Wenger’s first choice 11, ahead of Ramsey.

Aaron also believes that Arsenal’s Champions League experience can help them to progress.

“Of course Bayern will be a tough game, but we are confident that on our day we can give anybody a good match.”

“We put ourselves in a good position against Barcelona [in 2011]. Hopefully this time we can get in another strong position in the first leg and I am sure we will be more experienced with what to do in the away leg.”