Maybe it’s too far to say that Aaron Ramsey is pleased to see Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin injured, but he must feel some sort of relief.
It’s become clear that the Welshman’s favoured role is in the middle of the park, where he thrived throughout the 2013/14 season.
With Cazorla injured Ramsey is set for a spell in his best position and he made the best possible start on Saturday. Creating four chances, Ramsey attempted a huge 124 passes and completed 92% of them. A goal and an assist, he laid down a marker.
“It felt really good today,” the Welsh midfielder admitted after the win. “I feel a lot more comfortable and it suited my game a lot better, I could time my runs into the box and get on the end of things and I could have had two or three goals but at the end of the day I’m happy.”
Ramsey’s runs into the box were a constant threat as his reading of the game is superb. As well as two good opportunities missed, he found the back of the net in injury time to seal the win.
A second goal of the season, and the first Premier League goal an Arsenal central midfielder has scored in open play since Ramsey played there against West Ham back in March. It suits him more to play there, and it appears to suit the team better too.
Aaron Ramsey’s return to a central role can be the silver lining to the cloud that are Arsenal’s injuries.