Should Arsenal send Aaron Ramsey out on loan?

The Welsh midfielder has yet to hit his stride this season, prompting Wales coach John Hartson to suggest a loan spell could be best for everyone, is he correct?

There are plenty who would say that Aaron Ramsey has not recovered his best form ever since the career threatening injury he suffered at Stoke in 2010, and his performances this season certainly suggest that the midfielder is low on confidence.

At one point Ramsey was rated as amongst the most promising young players in the league, but now has been comfortably surpassed at his own club by Jack Wilshere, who has returned recently to perform at the same high level he was producing before he got injured himself.

So far this season Ramsey has started eight Premiership games, and come off the bench in a further 12, but has only managed one assist and has no goals in the league. One of the problems for Ramsey is that he is being used in a wide range of positions by Arsene Wenger, and rarely in his favoured central midfield slot.

With Wilshere and Diaby now fit, and Arteta returning shortly, Ramsey would need to be in top form to challenge for a first team place, and he is nowhere near his best at the moment. The suggestion from Hartson, who is of course hoping that Ramsey can recover his form for Wales, looks reasonable, and if Arsenal can sign further cover in their midfield it would be worth sending Ramsey out on loan.

If the right club can be found, Ramsey should be able to start an extended run of games in his best position. Nothing will help his confidence more than having an assured starting place at a side, and given his talent it would be unexpected if he couldn't start delivering performances akin to those he turned in before the injury.

It would be a terrible shame if Ramsey never truly recovered from the horrific injury he sustained in 2010, as he had the potential then to be a wonderful player for both Arsenal and Wales. Hopefully that player is still there, and a loan spell might be just the thing required to bring him back.

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