City coach: Arsenal have Prem's best midfielder, not Gerrard, not Yaya

Aaron Ramsey

Manchester City reserve manager has praised an Arsenal star over Liverpool's Steven Gerrard and his club's own superstar Yaya Toure.

There are a number of players putting in consistently strong performances for a number of different clubs thus far this season.

Gareth Barry is enjoying a renaissance at Everton, Fabian Delph has produced good form for Aston Villa, Yohan Cabaye continues to be in-demand from attracted suitors because of his work at Newcastle United and that is without even mentioning ever-present stars such as Steven Gerrard and Yaya Toure at Liverpool and Manchester City, respectively.

None of the aforementioned, though, come close to the level Aaron Ramsey has been operating at in the current campaign, says a former legend of Arsenal - Patrick Vieira; currently the head coach of City's elite development squad.

'Aaron has been terrific and fantastic,' the Frenchman is quoted by Daily Star to have said. 'He has been the best and most consistent player in the Premier League. At the start of the season he was fantastic because of the number of goals he scored from midfield but also the number of goals he created.

'If Arsenal are top it's because he has been the best player as the start of the season.'

PlayerTeamGoals AssistChancesTackleDuelsPassesTouchesAppsMins
 Toure Man City 11 4 23 32 94 1,538 1,767 21 1,848
 Ramsey Arsenal 8 6 26 66 124 1,262 1,616 18 1,495
 Cabaye Newcastle 7 2 33 46 66 931 1,326 19 1,509
 Gerrard Liverpool 5 6 42 45 75 1,146 1,473 18 1,497
 Barry Everton 3 3 24 45 94 1,196 1,448 17 1,530
 Delph Aston Villa 1 1 14 59 160 843 1,209 19 1,653

Fast approach a complete recovery from a hip/thigh injury, Ramsey's sensational box-to-box play will no doubt see him thrust back into the first-team despite Wenger's current midfielders performing admirably in all competitions.

If the Welshman can recapture his form from the first half of the season and maintain that heading into the business end of the season, then the Gunners must surely have a strong chance to keep a hold of their command at the top of the Premier League table.

'Arsene is really good at developing and trusting young players,' Vieira continued. 'What's stopped Ramsey's progress was injuries in the last few years but now he has sorted that out. Credit to Arsenal and Arsene who believed in him.

'And credit to Aaron as well because even with all the injuries, he's kept working hard, believing in himself and that he could make it. The ability has always been there and I'm pleased he is now showing what he is capable of.'

Arsenal are next due to face Southampton, on Tuesday, January 28.

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