Search

Ex-Arsenal man urges Gunners star to leave on loan

10:03 08 January 2013

Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal. Photo: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal. Photo: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

EMPICS Sport

Former Arsenal striker and current Wales assistant manager John Hartson believes Aaron Ramsey needs a spell on loan away from the Emirates.

Hartson thinks the 22-year-old Wales international would benefit from a run of games in his favoured central midfield position in order to rediscover his best form.

Ramsey has been played on the left wing by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger in recent weeks and has struggled to hold down a starting place, despite recently signing a new long-term contract.

“I just think he [Ramsey] needs that run of games,” Hartson told BBC Sport.

“Maybe if he did go out on loan [he’d get that], because he doesn’t seem to start many games at Arsenal now and when he does start he’s brought off and he doesn’t look happy.”

“I’m sure Arsene Wenger knows he’s a top-drawer player, because he wouldn’t have given him a new deal otherwise.”

Ramsey suffered a broken leg in February 2010 against Stoke City but Hartson thinks it’s important for the youngster to look to his future rather than dwell on the past.

“I don’t want to keep going on about it because I’m sure he [Ramsey] is fed up of people talking about his injury,” he continued.

“He’s been back now I think it’s about a year-and-a-half fit again and it’s just where his best position is because for us with Wales he’s central midfield.

“I don’t think playing on the left, wide left, is his position. [Against Swansea on Sunday] he looked lost at times.

“He did some very good things in the game but obviously Arsene Wenger didn’t think it was his greatest performance because he took him off.

“With Arsenal you look at their midfield. [Mikel] Arteta, [Jack] Wilshere, [Theo] Walcott, [Santi] Cazorla, [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain, they’ve got some really, really gifted players in the midfield,” said Hartson.

“So it’s up to Aaron to put in the performances week-in, week-out and on the training ground.”

“I just don’t think he’s quite hit the heights in terms of where he was before he got injured, but he will, I’m sure he will.

“He needs to play play with a smile on his face, get back to enjoying football. It just seems as if there’s something holding him back at the minute.”

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Islington Sports News

Saturday, December 3, 2016

A visibly delighted Arsene Wenger praised hattrick hero Alexis Sanchez or his ‘killer instinct’ after his treble routed West Ham United 5-1 at their new home the London Stadium.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Arsenal sent a message to the rest of the Premier League after an impressive display of power and glory at the West Ham United’s London Stadium this evening by winning 5-1.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Islington cruiserweight Joe Seabrook has vowed to raise his game this weekend when he makes his second appearance in the Queensbury Boxing League.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Following another Alexis Sanchez-inspired win over Bournemouth at the weekend, Arsenal maintained their pursuit of the top three – and they will fancy their chances of moving a little closer to the leading trio when they face West Ham at the London Stadium on Saturday.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Two heads are better than one, the saying goes – and that’s certainly been the guiding principle behind the establishment of Blacksmiths FC.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Amy Andrew overcame a bout of flu – and some controversial judging – to clinch victory for Islington BC in their team match in Jersey.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Mark Stephenson grabbed his second goal in as many games but Islington & Camden Under-14s had to settle for a share of the points as they drew 2-2 at Haringey.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Adam Saci led the way for Sobell Karate Club with a double gold medal success in the annual Portsmouth Open tournament.

PROMOTED CONTENT

If your favourite pair of shoes are on their way out, you might be thinking of throwing them away.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now