Former Arsenal star says Ramsey can be as good as Chelsea legend

Aaron Ramsey is currently on a rampage and Ray Parlour feels he can become as important as Frank Lampard of Chelsea.

Arsenal have defeated Cardiff City this weekend with a comfortable 3-0 win at the Cardiff City Stadium.

The former Cardiff trainee left Wales for London in 2008 for an initial fee of £4.8 million - and even returned on loan when recovering from his horror leg break in 2011.

So when he bagged a double in the game it was a classy move on his part to keep his celebrations mooted - which received applause from the friendly home crowd.

But his overall performance was truly fantastic, and Cardiff were probably not so appreciative of his wonderful display.

He was the centre of Arsenal’s attacking fluidity and he once again put credence to the claims that he might just be the best player in the Premier League right now.

In the programme notes for the game in Wales one former Arsenal midfielder, perhaps an under-appreciated one, Ray Parlour had his word on the form of Ramsey this season.

He stated:

“I think Ramsey has been the main man in midfield. He’s done really well and is a great lad so I’m really pleased for him. I’ve always though in midfield, if you can be a goalscorer it can be a huge thing for you, just like Frank Lampard has shown in his career. Aaron is probably a bit of a different player to Frank, he’s probably a bit more mobile to be honest, but Frank to this day is a brilliant player and I’m sure Aaron can be up there and get to those levels as well.”

Lampard is certainly not a bad person to look up to for Ramsey. The Welshman has clearly added goals to his game this season and currently sits on 13 goals from 22 games in all competitions for The Gunners.

At the age of 22 Lampard was in his final season at West Ham United and scored just nine goals in 37 appearances.

So by comparison Ramsey has every reason to believe that over the next decade he can produce the same form and consistency that Lampard has at Arsenal’s London rivals.

This season already looks like becoming a 20 goal season - that now looks assured. But if he can follow the advice of Parlour, and the path of Lampard, who knows how important a player he can become for The Gunners.

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