Ramsey relishing defensive duties

Ramsey relishing defensive duties

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It’s fair to say that Aaron Ramey has had his struggles this season. His form hasn’t been great (despite scoring one of the goals of the season with a deft chip against Olympiacos), he’s been played out of position and, despite signing a new 5 year deal, has been written by off by some sections of the Arsenal fanbase.

Of course the only way a player can turn things around is through his performances, and after two very good displays in midfield against West Ham and Brighton, the Welshman is, at least, on the right track.

A more natural attacking midfielder, he’s been asked to do a disciplined, defensive job in the absence of Mikel Arteta and he’s enjoying the role.

“I think I’ve played well in the last two games,” he said. “I had a meeting with the boss the other week and he explained to me what’s required for this role. I think I’ve done that in the last couple of games and I feel good in myself.

“That’s pleasing for me and hopefully I can keep myself in the team and carry on. Hopefully I get picked for the next game.”

Ramsey is aware he has to curb his attacking insticts but says that it’s working out well with his midfield partners.

“I can still get forward but I’m a bit more restricted as to what I can do. You always have to be wary of the hole you’re leaving behind you, but there are occasions when I can get into the box and one of the other midfielders sits.

“Hopefully I can continue the form I’m in at the moment.”

It will take more than two performances to convince the manager he’s ready to be a regular starter in the Arsenal midfield, but it’s good to see him play well.

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