Aaron Ramsey hoping to capitalise on Arsenal's injury problems to stake central midfield claim

The Welshman wants to be used in the middle, rather than on the wing.

Aaron Ramsey has revealed that he is hoping to capitalise on Arsenal's current injury problems to stake his claim for a regular place in central midfield, the London Evening Standard reports.

In consecutive Premier League games, manager Arsene Wenger lost both of his favoured midfield pairing.

Francis Coquelin hobbled out of the defeat to West Bromwich Albion, while Santi Cazorla damaged knee ligaments during the draw with Norwich City.

With the Frenchman out until the New Year (as reported by The Telegraph) and Cazorla sidelined for up to four months (as claimed by the London Evening Standard), Ramsey is hoping to use the opportunity to prove himself to his manager.

"We have been hit hard by injuries this season but it gives players the opportunities to take," he told the London Evening Standard. "I have made no secret that I prefer to play in the middle and hopefully now I can stay there."

"My performance today [in the 3-1 victory over Sunderland] was good and hopefully I can keep building on that now to play where I prefer to play," he added.

Based on his first opportunity in the role, the Welshman certainly showed that he was a more than capable replacement. Against Sunderland, the 24-year-old bagged an assist and rounded off the victory with the side's third goal in injury time. 

However, with a crucial Champions League tie and the busy Christmas period ahead, Ramsey will have to do a lot more if he wants to stay in his favourite position once Cazorla and Coquelin return.

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