Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes Aaron Ramsey’s time spent out in wide areas will see him become a better player through the middle, he told the club’s official website.
The Wales international has spent much of his Arsenal career in wide areas, allowing the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck to play more centrally.
However, Ramsey has stated on a number of occasions his preference of playing through the middle and he was given the chance against Villa, putting in a superb display.
Commenting on his goal scorer after the game, Wenger told the club’s official website how he has been playing Ramsey out wide with the idea of enhancing his ability to play in inside.
“He had an outstanding performance today,” Wenger said.
“I think of course he is naturally more of a central midfielder and I pushed him out wide for a while because I believe we have seen many times that when players are pushed against the line they need to shorten their technique.”
“When they come back into the middle again, they are better players.”
Ramsey now has three goals and one assist in 12 Premier League matches, a solid record but one he will feel he can improve greatly over the course of the remainder of the campaign.
The 24-year-old hit double figures during the 2013/14 season, and that was only 23 appearances as he spent a chunk of the campaign sidelined with injury.
Ramsey offers something different to the likes of Sanchez and Ozil, as his defensive instincts allow him to play a little deeper and act as a box-to-box midfielder, posting tackles and interceptions.
Wenger’s comments suggest that he’s looking for Ramsey to improve his possession play in congested areas, and against Villa he posted an excellent 91% pass success rate.