Speaking after yesterday’s win against Olympiacos, pundit Steven Gerrard heaped the praise on Arsenal’s players. The Gunners, who needed a big victory in Greece to remain in the Champions League, pulled off a classy 3-0 triumph against the home side. Olivier Giroud was definitely the hero of the night, but the rest of the team also had good performances to back him up, and Gerrard in particular was taken by Ramsey’s display.
The Welshman, who has been shifted into central midfield following the injury to Santi Cazorla, was in good touch yesterday as he contributed all across the pitch and assisted Giroud’s opening goal. It is his natural position and he has often expressed his desire to play more centrally rather than on the right wing. Gerrard believes that Wenger should provide him with that opportunity, claiming that when played centrally Ramsey is the ‘best attacking midfielder’ in the Premier League.
Speaking on BT Sport, he said:
Mentally I don’t think he’ll be happy himself playing out wide. He hasn’t got the legs. His qualities are all in the middle.
For me, when he’s in that form he’s the best attacking midfielder in the Premier League, so you’ve got to play your best players where they want to be, and I’m sure he’ll want to be in the middle.
Ramsey’s best season for the Gunners so far was back in 2013-14, when he was our top scorer and led the team to the summit of the Premier League with a series of top quality performances in central midfield. Although his subsequent injury caused us to fall off in the title race, it is certainly proven that Ramsey is much more lethal down the middle than out wide.
Even this season, he has struggled at times to make an impact when played on the right wing, but looks much more involved centrally; providing assists and scoring a goal over the past couple of games. With Cazorla out for at least the next three months, it looks settled that Ramsey will have a long spell in the midfield, and hopefully keep turning in top level performances to guide us to the top of the table.