Has Arsene Wenger decided Aaron Ramsey will be his key midfielder?

Forget new signings at Arsenal, it sounds like Arsene Wenger has little intention of casting Aaron Ramsey aside.

We asked the question earlier today, if Luiz Gustavo arrives at Arsenal, who might be the player to lose out?

High on the list was Welshman Aaron Ramsey, a midfielder who really blossomed in the second half of last season, after being stationed out on the right-hand side for much of the first, attracting much criticism for his performances.

Now if Arsenal elect not to sign a new midfielder, and Gustavo does not arrive, do not be surprised if Aaron Ramsey is a key reason why.

Arsene Wenger has in past seasons refused to buy players if he does not believe they are better than he already has, and has been particularly spendthrift this summer, despite having more money than ever.

And it sounds like he is higher on Aaron Ramsey than he has been at any stage in the midfielder's career since his return from injury.

Speaking after his performance in the friendly win against Manchester City, Wenger raved about the 22-year-old's display.

"Ramsey? Aaron I've always believed in and I think that has shown once again that the motor can be for our team. The his vision of the game has improved so much, as well as the tactical intelligence.'s growing to become a very strong player."

Now would it be jumping to conclusions to suggest Wenger has decided to use Ramsey as a key man this year, and not further add to his squad of midfielders?

Luiz Gustavo would indeed be an option, but the Brazilian has offers from Napoli and Wolfsburg too, and it certainly is no guarantee he will head to the Emirates, even in light of his recent comments he is open to a switch.

If he moves elsewhere, don't be surprised to see Wenger add a trialist and use Ramsey more regularly. With Wilshere, Cazorla, Rosicky, and Arteta all alternate options, Arsenal are not light on numbers, just a specialist defensive midfielder.

But if Wenger asks Ramsey, nursing a slight injury which has ruled him out of Wales' midweek game, to play a deeper role and display the 'tactical intelligence' the manager credits him with, is it a stretch to imagine him being converted into a Michael Carrick type role?

With the transfer situation changing day by day, the manager's words are worth bearing in mind heading into the new season - less than a week away.

What do you think of the 'Ramsey option'?

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