Pundit Lifts The Lid On Ramsey Situation
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey hasn’t signed a new deal at the Emirates because he isn’t being played in the right position.
That’s the verdict of former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jermaine Jenas who believes Ramsey wants to play in a more advanced role than the one that manager Unai Emery has earmarked for him.
Ramsey played in a deeper-lying position as the Gunners lost 3-2 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday night.
“I think he wants to play higher up the pitch and I get the feeling it was more Ramsey’s decision than Emery’s,” Jenas told BT Sport.
“The fact Ramsey hasn’t signed – you can’t tell me there has not been a conversation along the lines of ‘what is i that you want?
“Because he isn’t a greedy person. I think Ramsey just wants to play in the position he wants to be.
“I think he wants to play higher up.”
The Wales international is out of contract next summer and Arsenal face a similar situation to the one they found themselves in a year ago when they began the season with both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil a year away from the end of their contracts.
Arsenal came from two goals down against Chelsea on Saturday to go in level at half-time with the score at 2-2. But they conceded a late goal to go down to a second successive defeat.
Speaking after the game, BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand slammed the Gunners’ defending.
“This is the story of the first half defensively for Arsenal. They do not track runners from midfield,” Ferdinand said.
“The back four do not identify runners from midfield and don’t shape up to be able to defend that.
“They’ve got no idea of where people are on the pitch. There’s disarray in the Arsenal backline, not only there but in the midfield as well.”