Frank Lampard urges Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey to improve defensively

Aaron Ramsey

The Wales midfielder is eyeing more starts in central midfield for the Gunners.

Speaking on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football, Frank Lampard has urged Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey to start focusing on improving his defensive abilities.

Manager Arsene Wenger has mostly used the Welsh midfielder in a wide right role in recent seasons, with Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin forming a formidable central midfield partnership.

And while he has impressed in that role, Ramsey has made it clear on numerous occasions that he wishes to play a more central role for the side.

With both of those players currently out injured however, he has been given the chance in central midfield, impressing in the 2-0 win over Aston Villa at the weekend.

He is arguably better going forward than he is defensively, and Lampard has urged him to look at improving that side of his game.

“What Aaron Ramsey has to do is change his game a bit,” Lampard told Monday Night Football.

“He has to go to Manchester City next week and think about the defensive side of his game. Against the top teams you need to be more focused and more secure.”

“I love him as a player, he’s a very talented player. He’s very good on the ball and he’s very bright.

"At the moment he hasn’t quite got the discipline to play in a midfield two but I certainly think he has the capabilities.”

If there is one big bonus for Ramsey as he looks to improve his defensive ability, it is that he is not the first Arsenal star to do so.

Many questioned whether Cazorla was good enough defensively when he was first deployed in central midfield, but he has since proved he is more than capable.

Ramsey is arguably more suited to that role than the Spaniard, and perhaps if he were to improve his defensive abilities he could be a challenger to Cazorla in future.

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