Many, myself included, believe that Aaron Ramsey is one of the best complete midfielders in the league, if not the world, but he doesn’t think so – yet.
The Welshman has been played out of is preferred position so many times, it’s a wonder the midfielder knows what to do. However, he always does. He’s an engine that never stops running and, on his day, he can control the centre of the park.
Of course he has bad days, which is often a result of his versatility. He’s so capable of playing just about anywhere that when we need a hole filled, he’s the plug. However, this doesn’t always pay off.
Speaking to Arsenal Player recently, the 25-year-old admitted that he doesn’t quite think he’s the complete midfielder he wants to be yet but this is the aim.
“It’s obviously a balance but if you do sense an opportunity to break away from your man to get into the box or to be free in the box, you have to take it because you can score a goal from it,” Ramsey said.
“But you have to get back in as quickly as possible and when you are, try to get a bit of a breather then.
“And then it all starts again. I prefer to get forward, to get on the end of things, to create things. But it’s important to defend and help the team out defensively as well.
“But it’s also nice when you win the ball in quite a deep position and then you can start an attack which leads to a goal. That’s quite rewarding as well.”
He added, “An all-round midfielder needs to have that, where you can defend, you can tackle, you can create goals, you can score goals. That’s the complete midfielder that I want to be.”
It’s good to see he has ambition to improve because when he’s on form and in position, he’s one of the best.