Former Arsenal star Ray Parlour believes that Aaron Ramsey can develop to be as influential to his current side as England and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has been over the years.

The Welsh international has been one of the Gunners’ top performers this season, playing a key role in the Londoners’ push for the title.

Prior to the current campaign, questions were being asked about Ramsey’s all-round ability and desire to live up to his potential, to which the classy midfielder has responded with an impressive 13 goals – despite not having featured in the Arsenal team since Boxing Day.

Parlour believes that with a little more belief, the 23-year-old can be as good as Gerrard – whom he describes as the best player he ever took on in his playing days:

“Without doubt, Aaron Ramsey can become as influential as Steven Gerrard. Ramsey needs to believe in his own abilities,” he is quoted by the London Evening Standard.

“He is a young and exciting talent and will definitely be a top, top player in the future. He wants to learn and is blessed with the ideal attributes for a midfield player.

“Gerrard was the best player I have ever faced,

“I think he is absolutely world class. He isn’t as effective box-to-box as he was a few years ago, but he continues to make the difference.”

Ramsey’s development is even more impressive when a potentially career-ending injury suffered after a horror tackle from Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross is taken into consideration.

The Potters defender’s reckless actions left the midfielder with a badly broken leg in 2010.

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