Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has cleared up the debate over his assist in last weekend’s defeat to Manchester United, stating he intended to set up Alexandre Lacazette for the Gunners goal.
The France international scored early in the second half for the London side, when the former Cardiff City man selflessly laid the ball off to him on the volley rather than going for goal himself.
Ramsey has stated that he meant to set Lacazette up, saying that his touch was intentional and not loose control.
“I was going to take a touch but out of the corner of my eye I saw De Gea coming out, Lacazette was up there so I just knocked it back to him,” he told the London Evening Standard.
“Hopefully that puts an end to that debate.”
Ramsey is set to be rested for tonight’s clash against BATE Borisov in the Europa League, with the Wales international becoming a mainstay in Arsenal’s first-choice Premier League XI once more.
At times during his stint in North London the all-action midfielder has been forced to play out of position on the right flank, or been pushed to the bench due to competition for places.
However, with Santi Cazorla still injured and looking no closer to making a return for Arsenal, Ramsey has taken the opportunity to play in his preferred central midfield position with two hands.
The Welshman’s burgeoning partnership with Granit Xhaka certainly has the potential to be a driving force towards success for Arsenal, with the Swiss enforcer holding a deeper position and allowing the British midfielder to get forward at will.
As with Arsenal’s goal against United, Ramsey is most dangerous when given the opportunity to get beyond the strikers, with the 26-year-old possessing a real goal threat.
His form has condemned the likes of Jack Wilshere, Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny to fleeting appearances in the Gunners first team as a result.
The Arsenal supporters will be hopeful that Ramsey can stay fit for the remainder of the campaign and build momentum, with the energetic and committed midfielder a key element in Wenger’s starting XI.