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Is Aaron Ramsey up to the task of a makeshift deep-lying playmaker?

Posted on January 25, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is set for a run of games in the side following the Gunners’ depletion of players in recent weeks. Santi Cazorla is out for the long-term while Mohamed Elneny is representing Egypt in the African Cup Nations. And most recently, Granit Xhaka picked up a four-match ban for his second straight red card in the Premier League this season. But is Ramsey good enough?

Jack Wilshere’s season-long loan move to AFC Bournemouth has considerable backfired on Arsenal given their lack of options in midfield currently. They started the campaign with Santi Cazorla, Xhaka, Elneny, Coquelin and Ramsey all fighting for a place in the first-team. But are now down to the bare bones, forcing manager Arsene Wenger to play his only two available natural midfielders – Ramsey/Coquelin.

This season, Ramsey has made just five Premier League starts, amassing a paltry 533 minutes of playing time in the top flight. He makes around 30 passes fewer per game than the likes of Ozil, Cazorla and Xhaka, and doesn’t have the confidence to play long balls from deep – completing just 14 long passes in 11 appearances, the least of any Arsenal midfielder.

He’s likely to start against Premier League leaders Chelsea next month due to necessity which would certainly be one of his biggest tests of the season. Can he deliver for Arsenal?

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