Jamie Redknapp thinks Arsène Wenger should use Aaron Ramsey in the same way Chelsea used Frank Lampard.
Ramsey scored his second goal in two games at the weekend, and Redknapp thinks this is a sign that he’s finally playing in a position that suits his playing style. Jamie told the Daily Mail (via Daily Star): “Aaron Ramsey is thriving for Arsenal at the moment and it is because he is playing in his best central position.
“Arsene Wenger needs to keep Ramsey in this ‘Frank Lampard’ role. Whenever the ball goes wide, Ramsey’s priority has to be to make those runs from deep and get into the box.
“He is tireless in midfield, covering more ground than any other Arsenal player in each of his last four starts. Time and again he digs this team out of holes.”
There are positive and negatives to the way Ramsey is currently being utilised. He has found himself on the end of many more chances than you’d expect from a midfielder, taking 10 shots combined in the matches against Everton and Swansea, and in turn scoring a couple of goals.
On the other hand, when it doesn’t work, Aaron’s marauding runs up the field leave Granit Xhaka isolated, and he’s forced into mistakes, at which point no one is around to help retrieve the ball.
The pair need to find the right balance.
If Ramsey stays back at first, but then makes runs forward when the ball goes out wide as Redknapp says, then there shouldn’t be any problem.
If he jumps the gun and abandons Xhaka too early, then if Arsenal lose the ball they are vulnerable to a counter-attack.
Either way, when possession is lost Aaron needs to get back quickly, although that shouldn’t be a problem considering his engine.
Hopefully they’ll both continue to get it right more often than not.