Aaron Ramsey has revealed that while he is happy to a job for Arsenal out wide, he much prefers to play in the middle of the park, as per The Daily Star.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has played the 24-year-old on the right side of midfield in recent weeks with Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin impressing in the centre.
Despite being forced out of position, the Welsh international has done an impressive job having had a hand in seven goals (three goals and four assists) in his last six Premier League appearances, as he returns to the type of form that saw him hailed as the Gunners’ player of the season last term.
But the midfielder does not want to carry on playing in that position despite his recent good form, including against the match against Hull last week, when he scored a goal and registered an assist.
“It’s not my preferred position,” Ramsey said. “I’m a central midfielder and that’s where I like to be.
“I like to be involved a lot more in the game. When you are out wide you don’t touch the ball for three or four minutes and I like to be at the heart of everything, trying to drive the team forward.
“But the manager’s asked me to do a job out there, and I do have the license to drift in and get involved. When we are defending I have to stay in position, but when we get the ball I can drift.
“I’m not a winger, I can’t knock the ball beyond my man like Theo does, I prefer to get in the little pockets of space and get involved and play the combinations but it’s important to do a job for the team.”
Ramsey has made 25 appearances in the league this season and has played the full game on 12 occasions.
He has missed parts of the season through injury, during that period out, Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla formed the central midfield partnership that has proven so fruitful for Arsenal in the second half of the season.
But to Ramsey’s credit he has managed to do a good job on the right-wing and has been preferred in that position over the more naturally suited Theo Walcott or Danny Welbeck in key games against the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea.
He has scored six goals in the league this season and created 39 chances for his team-mates including six assists.