Wales assistant manager, John Hartson, believes that Aaron Ramsey would benefit a great deal from going out on loan for a short period of time.
Hartson, who used to play for Arsenal, believes that Ramsey is being wasted on the wing and needs to re-find his form again before cementing a place in the Arsenal side.
“I just think he [Ramsey] needs that run of games,” said Hartson.
“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.”
The 22-year-old midfielder was regarded a bright prospect before his horrendous leg injury that took place back in 2010. Since the injury, Ramsey hasn’t been able to pick up where he left off, but Hartson still believes he has got a bright future.
“I’m sure Arsene Wenger knows he’s a top-drawer player, because he wouldn’t have given him a new deal otherwise,” he said.
“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’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.”
John Hartson believes that the toughest part for Ramsey will be to break back into the Arsenal midfield.
“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.”
Alex William Batt