Arsene Wenger has been speaking about Aaron Ramsey and what kind of role he envisages for him for the upcoming season.
The Welsh international has spoken a number of times about his desire to play centrally, but has been frequently used on the right hand side – a move Wenger says is to provide balance to the team.
However, with the £35m arrival of Granit Xhaka to add to the midfield, the Arsenal manager has hinted that he sees Ramsey playing from a deeper position this season.
If we make the assumption that Xhaka was bought to be a starter, it suggests he’s thinking of Ramsey and Xhaka playing together – with Mesut Ozil further forward in that creative role when he returns to first team action after his extended break.
“I have played him wide sometimes because I feel like he can balance the team well,” said the Frenchman of Ramsey.
“Of course he wants to play centrally, he wants to play behind the striker. What is the most important thing when you put players in positions is that you have to consider their psychological and physical profiles.
“Aaron’s psychological profile means that he always wants the ball and always wants to be available, so that’s in the heart of the game
“If you consider his physiological profile, he can absorb all the positions,” he continued.
“He is certainly most suited to central midfield because he’s a box-to-box player. I think he likes to come from deep and make runs going forward, so I would think that at the start he would like to play from a deeper position in midfield.
“That’s more suited to him and therefore that gives him a tactical responsibility for us that he may not have for Wales.”
Today’s pre-season fixture against Man City should be informative, with both Ramsey and the Swiss international tipped to start, so we might get an idea of what the manager is thinking from that.