Arsene Wenger has drawn a comparison between Aaron Ramsey and a certain former Chelsea midfielder: Frank Lampard.

The manager’s reasoning behind this is that the Welshman likes to play box-to-box, can shoot from range and is of a similar quality.

“He is a player who is box-to-box so overall he pushes the team forward,” Wenger said.

“That is what we want in our side. He can play in holding midfield, he can play if needed on the flanks as well. That’s where he is not happy but he can play there as well.

“He has a tremendous drive, he’s a bit Lampard-ish you know, where he likes to get in the box, likes to shoot from distance and has similar quality.”

Whatever you think of Chelsea, objectively, Lampard was a brilliant midfielder with a career spanning over 20 years. He now plays for New York City FC, where former Gunner Patrick Vieira is manager, and he’s scored 15 MLS goals in 29 appearances.

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29: Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal vies with Patrick van Aanholt of Sunderland during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Arsenal at Stadium of Light on October 29, 2016 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 29: Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal vies with Patrick van Aanholt of Sunderland during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Arsenal at Stadium of Light on October 29, 2016 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

While Ramsey is 13 years younger than the ex-England international, I can definitely understand the similarities that Wenger has drawn and I’m positive that Ramsey will take it as a huge compliment.

The 25-year-old made his first appearance for Arsenal since he injured his hamstring on the opening day of the season during the Gunners 4-1 win away to Sunderland. Although he didn’t get a huge amount of time, which is understandable considering how cautious we should be, he never hid and got stuck right in.

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It’s excellent to have him back.