Key aspect where Steven Gerrard puts Aaron Ramsey in the shade

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is the man of the moment, but there is one aspect of his game where he still lags behind Liverpool's Steven Gerrard.

When Liverpool took on Arsenal at the Emirates three weeks ago, only one team were left smiling.

Goals from Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey secured a 2-0 win for the Gunners, with the Welshman particularly impressive.

Ramsey has had an incredible season, ramming the harsh words of his critics straight back at them, and is an early contender for both Player and Young Player of the Year awards.

The Arsenal midfielder's record is quite phenomenal, he is their top scorer with six goals, and 11 in all competitions.

He has four assists, while he is also the league's most prolific tackler, and regularly covers the most distance in any given game of any player on the pitch.

There is one area however where he is put in the shade, statistically speaking, by the very player he overshadowed when they went head-to-head in the Premier League, Steven Gerrard.

Chance creation: Over the course of the season to date, Ramsey has created 13 chances in the Premier League.

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard has created more than double the goalscoring opportunities - 28 in total.

However the wastefulness of Liverpool's forwards means remarkably the two players have the same number of Premier League assists (4).

In other areas, goals - where Gerrard has just two in all competitions, and tackling (Gerrard 2.8 per game versus Ramsey 4.8 per game) - the Liverpool man lags far behind the Arsenal midfielder.

Ramsey, 22, is eleven years younger than Gerrard, 33, and is on course to eclipse him as the Premier League's most complete all-round midfielder.

In terms of creating chances however the Arsenal midfielder has a way to catch up. The reason Gerrard has a distinct advantage in this area is because he takes set pieces, having established himself as a leader in the side and expert from dead ball situations.

It's an area of his game Ramsey is yet to blossom in, but as he continues to grow as a leader in the Arsenal side, he should look to take on further responsibilities and add an extra string to his bow. 

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