Aaron Ramsey growing frustrated with right-wing role and wants central berth

Aaron Ramsey has admitted that his frustration playing on the right wing for Arsenal and wants to be at the centre of Arsene Wenger's future plans.

The Welsh international has returned from a trio of hamstring injuries, which have badly disrupted his season, to start each of the Gunners' last seven matches.

Since returning to the lineup, Arsenal chief  Wenger has predominantly used Ramsey from the right flank, in what has now become the Frenchman's preferred 4-2-3-1 formation.

Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla have impressed in the central roles at the base of midfield, while club-record signing Mesut Ozil has been playing in the No.10 spot.

And although the 24-year-old admits he is willing to do a job for the team and does have license to roam, he may welcome a reshuffle to the side after Monday night's 1-0 defeat to Swansea.

"It [playing on the right] is not my preferred position," said Ramsey. "I am a central midfielder and that's where I like to be. I like to be involved a lot more in the game.

"But the manager's asked me to do a job out there, and I do have the licence to drift in and get involved.

"When we are defending, I have to stay in position but when we get the ball I can drift. I am not a winger, I can’t knock the ball beyond my man like Theo [Walcott] does.

"I prefer to get in the little pockets of space, get involved and play the combinations but it is important to do a job for the team.”

Ramsey has scored 10 goals in 37 appearances in all competitions for Wenger's side this term.

Injury struggles have meant that he has yet to play nine successive matches, something which he will manage if he is picked for both the trip to Manchester United on Sunday, and next Wednesday's visit of Sunderland.

“The season has been a bit stop-start for me and that’s been frustrating,” added Ramsey. “It takes you a few games to get into a routine each time you come back.

"But other than that I've been quite happy. I've got into double figures again for goals this season and added a few assists, too. We’ve still got some games to go so I want to score a few more yet.

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