Can Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey be better than Chelsea's Frank Lampard?

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Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is one of the best midfielders of his generation, but can Arsenal's man of the moment surpass him?

Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville debated heartedly on Monday night who was the better footballer, Steven Gerrard, Paul Scholes, or Frank Lampard.

Lampard was not a favourite of either, but Neville took particular umbrage when Carragher declared him 'better than Scholes.'

The Chelsea man is in many ways under appreciated by the general footballing public, with many pointing their fingers at his part in England's disappointing 2006 and 2010 World Cups.

Even Chelsea appeared desperate to dispense with his services last season, until the midfielder went on a goalscoring run, breaking their all-time record, and making the prospect of moving him on a potential PR disaster as well as a footballing one.

Scoring goals from midfield is an asset of Lampard that has seen him stand out as one of the best of his generation, and it is an art which a young midfielder across London is presently perfecting.

Welsh international Aaron Ramsey scored his sixth goal of the season in midweek, from just his seventh shot on target. No wonder they call the lethal midfielder 'Rambo'.

It had taken Ramsey 91 games previous to this season to score five goals, and this rapid improvement is one which is seeing him finally get the recognition he craves.

There's no doubting it, the public love goals. It's no coincidence the view of Paul Scholes' performance dipped when he took on a deeper role rather than one bombing into the box late and scoring close to 20 a season, even if Gary Neville claims his latter years were the best footballing ones from a technical point of view of his career.

Arsenal midfielder Ramsey has it all. He has been arguably the club's man of the match this season, covering more distance than any other player, and regularly leading his teammates in number of tackles and interceptions.

All this and at only 22. It's astounding to think that this is even considering the fact he essentially lost a couple of season of his rapid development when his leg was broken in a horror tackle by Stoke's Ryan Shawcross. You can certainly add in mental strength to his list of assets.

Chelsea's Frank Lampard is now 35, but it's worth considering where he was at 22. He was at West Ham, in his final season there, going onto score nine goals over the course of the season and earning himself an £11 million move to Chelsea. It was a crucial season in his career, and one which changed his life.

Ramsey's season is already shaping up to be a game-changer, for him personally, and for Arsenal. 

The question is, whether he can go on in future years to become a better player than Lampard and exceed his levels of success?

What do you think? How good can Ramsey be?

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