Steven Gerrard believes Aaron Ramsey is the best attacking midfielder in the Premier League when on form and played centrally by Arsenal.
Gerrard was speaking after Arsenal’s 3-0 victory over Olympiacos, in which Ramsey impressed, setting up the first of Olivier Giroud’s three goals.
“Mentally, I don’t think he’ll be happy himself playing out wide because he hasn’t got the legs,” Gerrard told BT Sport.
“His qualities are all in the middle and for me when he’s in that form he’s the best attacking midfielder in the Premier League.
“So you’ve got to play your best players where they want to be and I’m sure he’ll want to be in the middle.”
Gerrard’s comments came just two days after Craig Bellamy described Ramsey as “one of the top central players in world football” and said that Mesut Ozil should move to the wing to accommodate the Welshman through the middle.
“Aaron wants to get forward but for me has to play in a (midfield) three,” Bellamy said on Sky Sports on Monday night. “He has to be in the centre. If you ask him to sit (deep) you restrict a lot of his game.
“Ozil has played left at certain times. It’s not just me being biased. I have known Aaron since he was five years of age. I would play him central before I would play Ozil.
“It might be a difficult statement at this moment because of Ozil’s (form), but I feel personally watching Ramsey’s game and watching him develop over the last couple of years that he is one of the top central players in world football when he’s fit and he proved that last summer when Barcelona wanted him.
“This summer if Arsenal wanted to sell then top clubs would want him, because he’s that good.
“He wants to score, always looks to break the lines and he’s a good finisher as well. I felt before his injury (in 2013-14) he was the best player in the Premier League, last year he was stop and start with injuries but if he can just get rid of that he will be one of the best in the Premier League.”