Arsene Wenger: Arsenal midfielder is just like Frank Lampard

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Aaron Ramsey is a similar player to Chelsea legend Frank Lampard

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Arsene Wenger has claimed that Aaron Ramsey is a similar type of player to Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.

Ramsey has endured a frustrating season thus far with Arsenal after struggling with a string of niggling injuries to limit his playing time this term.

The Wales international has only made eight Premier League starts for the north London side this season as he has struggled to keep himself fit in recent weeks.

The midfielder is yet to score in the top flight this season but showed signs of improvement during the 2-1 win over Middlesbrough last week.

Wenger is backing Ramsey to improve his game once he is able to enjoy a regular run in the Arsenal first-team, and compared him to Chelsea’s leading goal-scorer Lampard.

Speaking at a news conference before Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City, Wenger said: “In my head Ramsey was going to be a player between 10 and 15 goals a year.

“He is a Frank Lampard type. He is [about] getting in the box and he has a huge capacity to run. Physically, he has a combination of stamina, power and his capacity to repeat high intensity is certainly the best in the league.

“This season has been very frustrating for Aaron. I looked the other day, he has started seven games in the Premier League. When I realised that, it was unbelievable, but it’s because of injuries – and not big ones. Every time it’s a niggling one and when he came back from those – boom – a little calf – boom – a little hamstring.

“He looked fit on Monday but I hope he will have a strong end to the season because he is an important player for me. He has it all in the locker to be defensive and offensive.

“So that is for me a vital part of the game we want to play. We do not only want to defend, we want to defend and attack.”

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