Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has insisted that Aaron Ramsey is not the answer to the club’s defensive midfield crisis and has refused to deploy him in that role, according to the Daily Express.
Francis Coquelin has been ruled out for the next three months, and both Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere are still battling injuries, while Mathieu Flamini has struggled to get a foothold back in the side in their absence.
But Wenger, who tested out Ramsey in a defensive midfield role during pre-season, does not believe he is best suited for that position and is better off on the right flank.
“He is not afraid to tackle but he likes to go in the box and has a good timing of runs,” said Wenger.
“He wants the ball and wants to go forward. If you take that out of him, and you say, ‘Look, you have to sit now and sit there and wait,’ you kill his strengths.”
Flamini partnered Santi Cazorla in the middle against Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday, but Wenger confirmed he will be looking to the transfer market for reinforcements during the January transfer window.
“It’s nearly impossible to find in January a top, top player,” he said. “But you have your eyes open. “You never know, you can have a surplus somewhere or players who do not play and who have the quality.”