Revealed: Star midfielder will not get back his preferred role, confirms Wenger
Aaron Ramsey will have to get used to his new role wide out, Arsene Wenger confirmed.
Arsenal manager has denied any return for the fit midfielder in his preferred central midfield position.
Ramsey was shifted wide following his return from injury towards the end of last term but consistently said he was desperate to move into the heart of the midfield.
As Francis Coquelin sidelined atleast for three months with a knee injury, Arsene Wenger is now trying to fill the gap left by the Frenchman alongside Santi Cazorla.
However, the Gunners boss has ruled out using fit again Ramsey returning from a hamstring injury, in the holding midfield position and ready to hand Mathieu Flamini his second Premier league start this season alongside Cazorla against Norwich tomorrow.
Wenger clarified his decision: “Ramsey is more an offensive player. He is not a tactical, defensive player. Is he naturally with Santi Cazorla a balanced pair? Defensively, certainly, it’s a very adventurous one!
“I used him on the right because he gives us a balance. That’s where I will certainly continue to use him, unless the game demands to attack.”
After watching how the inclusion of Coquelin gave positive result last season around for his squad, Wenger has made his mind, not to expose the defence by partnering Ramsey with Cazorla.
The veteran manager further said: “Cazorla can do it with Coquelin. But Cazorla and Ramsey is a bit…and you know in my mind I have seen that the turn of our results last season was when I went for a bit stability and put Coquelin in there.
“Now I am a bit cautious on that front and I do not want to unbalance the team.”
The 62-year-old Arsenal boss has also revealed he wants to buy in January transfer window, as a back-up for injured Coquelin a top priority, but admitted he is facing difficulties to point out the right option.
He told: “It’s nearly impossible to find in January a top, top player. But you have your eyes open.
“You never know, you can have a surplus somewhere or players who do not play and who have the quality. We’ll see.”
Arsenal will face Norwich on Saturday evening in an away fixture before going for a bounce back from last weekend’s surprising defeat at West Brom.
Wenger went on saying: “We will fly after dinner here. When we made the decision there was some road work planned.
“Sometimes the access to Norwich is difficult. So we decided to fly. But it’s not a lot of difference. We do not fly a lot any more. We take train or coach. This is an exception.”
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