Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard told BT Sport on Wednesday night that when Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey is in form and injury free, there are no better attacking midfielders in the Premier League.
The Wales international often lines up in a wider role for the Gunners, arguably playing out of position in order to compensate for Mesut Ozil, who likes to go through the middle.
Yet Gerrard feels Ramsey doesn’t quite have the legs of a so-called traditional wide-man or winger, and feels he should instead be playing in the middle where he can perform to his best.
“I don’t think he will be happy himself playing out wide because he hasn’t got the legs,” Gerrard said.
“His qualities are all in the middle, and for me when he’s in that form he is the best attacking midfielder in the Premier League. I’m sure he will want to be in the middle.”
Following his side’s 3-0 victory over Olympiakos, Ramsey was quick to comment on social networking site Twitter and added it was an honour to hear such comments from a player of Gerrard’s calibre.
Honoured to hear that from a legend like Gerrard https://t.co/3ZGVNgKD15— Aaron Ramsey (@aaronramsey) December 9, 2015
Ramsey has made it no secret that his desire is to play in a central midfield role, yet Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla formed such a good partnership it became a tough proposition.
The former Cardiff City man has played 11 Premier League matches this season, scoring twice, adding a further assist and averaging an impressive 3.7 efforts on goal per encounter.
Despite playing in a wider role, Ramsey has plenty of flexibility to interchange with the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez and he does regularly find himself in decent goal scoring positions.
Each player will have their favourite position in the team, yet playing regularly for Arsenal, as Ramsey often does, is surely something he can’t complain about considering the competition for places.