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Martin Keown says Aaron Ramsey is killing Arsenal's midfield

Former Arsenal star has been critical of Aaron Ramsey.

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has called out current star Aaron Ramsey, accusing him of leaving the team over exposed with his forays forward.

The pundit told The Mail that Ramsey must be more disciplined if Arsenal are to start winning again, starting with in this weekend's Premier League fixture against Tottenham.

The Gunners have lost three games in a row in all competitions and are now six points behind league leaders Leicester ahead of their trip to White Hart Lane this Saturday.

Keown said: "Ramsey kills that midfield. He empties it by flying forward trying to win the game. He ends up losing it for them instead.

"In 2004 we had an internal meeting to tell the wingers (Robert Pires and Freddie Ljungberg) that they had to help us by keeping the shape when required.

"They were flying forward and we were exposed. So when we shouted “shape” during a game they got back and it worked. That is what Arsenal need now but I don’t see that."

Two seasons ago Ramsey was one of the best midfielders in the Premier League and scored into double figures, but this year he has just four goals in 24 games.

Whether his lack of production is making him increasingly anxious to get forward and produce is unclear but either way he is not helping the team.

The return of Francis Coquelin has in theory given him greater license to get forward but the Frenchman is not in the form he was a year ago and Ramsey's failure to track back at key moments places extra stress on his midfield partner, and subsequently the defence.

With the back four set to be missing Laurent Koscielny this weekend through injury, as well as Petr Cech being out injured, there is increased onus on Ramsey to keep his discipline.


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