Lee Dixon sends message to Arsenal manager about Aaron Ramsey’s best position
The Arsenal legend offers some advice to Arsene Wenger about where to play Aaron Ramsey
Lee Dixon believes Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey is more comfortable making surging runs from midfield rather than playing as a holding player.
The Wales international has struggled for consistency throughout the 2016-17 season despite impressing with Chris Coleman’s men in last summer’s European championship.
Ramsey, though, has been in excellent form in recent weeks to help Arsenal reach the FA Cup final after a 2-1 extra-time win against Manchester City in the last four at Wembley.
The 26-year-old was Arsenal’s man of the match in the north London side’s 2-0 victory over bitter rivals Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
Former Arsenal defender Dixon urged Wenger to stop using Ramsey in a ball-playing role and release the Wales star to make his trademark surging runs into the opposition half.
“Whenever he plays in a ball passing role, I don’t think that’s the best for him,” Dixon told NBCSN.
“He gives the ball away a lot and he gets some stick or the crowd.
“When you give him an option to make runs into the box, he doesn’t have to set play up, you get the best out of him.”
Arsenal are in sixth place in the Premier League table and six points behind fourth-placed Manchester City.
The Gunners will take on Southampton in their next top-flight fixture at St Mary’s on Wednesday night.