Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has stated that he will continue to play Aaron Ramsey on the right-hand side of his midfield rather than centrally.
The Wales international has the versatility to operate in a number of different roles for the North London club, but has been vocal in the past over his desire to play in the boiler room.
However, Wenger has settled on a Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla partnership in the heart of his midfield over the last year.
Despite the fact that the French defensive midfielder has picked up an injury and is likely to be on the sidelines for a number of months, Wenger has stated that Ramsey will not move centrally to flu Coquelin’s shoes.
“I use Ramsey on the right. That’s where I will certainly continue to use him, unless the game demands to attack,” The Mirror quote Wenger as saying.
“He is more an offensive player. He is not a tactical, defensive player. I will use him sometimes there [centrally], when the game demands.
“I used him on the right because he gives us a balance because we have Ozil, who is an offensive player, we have Sanchez, we have Giroud or Walcott and Cazorla, so we need to balance a bit defensively,”
Wenger’s choice to use Ramsey on the right means that Arsenal must rely on the ageing figures of Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini to fill the void left by Coquelin.
The Emirates Stadium faithful have called out for a top-class central midfielder to be signed over recent transfer windows, but the club have defied the wishes of their fans.