Arsenal star Ramsey's latest comments suggest a new dilemma awaits for Arsene Wenger

Aaron Ramsey

Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey wants to play in central midfield.

Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey has spoken of his desire to play in central midfield and conceded that he’s eager to win his position back from teammate Santi Cazorla, the Mirror report.

The Wales international has been deployed in a wide role for much of 2015 due to the excellent central partnership of Cazorla and Francis Coquelin.

The emergence of the latter has given the Gunners that much-needed protection in front of their defence, whereas Cazorla alongside him brings both balance and precision in the middle of the park.

The Spain international topped the passing statistics in the recent 0-0 draw at home to Sunderland, and his performances in general this season have largely been among the best of his career.

  GoalsAssistsTouches per GameAccurate Passes per GameKey Passes per GameTake-ons per GameBall Recoveries per GameAppearances
Santiago Cazorla 7 9 84.06 55.44 2.06 2.36 6.75 36
Aaron Ramsey 6 6 74.43 49.64 1.61 0.93 5 28

As per the above table provided by Opta Stats, the former Villarreal favourite has shone in that central midfield role and his contribution has been telling.

Aside from his goals and assists, Cazorla averages more touches, accurate passes, key passes, take-ons and ball recoveries per Premier League fixture than Ramsey.

However, Ramsey’s ability to influence the game is often limited out-wide and he has admitted to reporters that his aim is to reclaim his place in the middle, even if that is at the expense of a supremely-gifted teammate.

“I’m not hiding away from it, I want to be playing in the middle. Santi Cazorla is the one in my position. He’s the one who plays alongside Francis Coquelin. I am trying to get that back,” he explained.

The former Cardiff City man also conceded that he has spoken to boss Arsene Wenger, but his pleas have so far fallen on deaf ears as the Frenchman persists with Cazorla.

Owing to the Spaniard’s form throughout 2015 and that of the team as a whole, it is not really that surprising to see Wenger refrain from rotating the starting XI too much.

Yet, as the North Londoners now boast arguably the best attacking options in the Premier League, Ramsey may not be the only star at the Emirates to highlight the dilemma of having such strength in depth.

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