Arsene Wenger says he is happy with young midfielder Aaron Ramsey's progress at Arsenal and feels the Welshman's lack of composure is the only factor that stands between him and greatness.
Ramsey, who is a fan favourite at Arsenal, has managed only three goals and six assists from 39 appearances in all competitions this season and had recently admitted that his decision making inside the penalty box has not always been the best.
When Ramsey suffered a horrific double leg-break against Stoke City two years ago and was out of action for a long period, many feared that the career of one of the brightest young talents in Britain is almost over. However, the player has made a full recovery and Wenger is confident that the 21 year old is on the right path in terms of development.
"It is his first full season in the Premier League and he worked very hard [at Wolves] on Wednesday night again," Arsenal.com quoted the manager as saying, and adding, "He always looks like he will score but doesn't score at the moment. Once that will be done I think he will be more relaxed in front of goal and score more. He has played many games this year and for a first season that is tremendous."
Ramsey has been missing in the Arsenal starting line up for a few matches, until he returned to the midfield against Wolves in midweek, replacing the in-form Czech Republic captain Tomas Rosicky.
"I am quite happy I can give him a breather sometimes now. Aaron has played many games but he did absorb them well. He was tired two or three weeks ago, and it allowed me to give a breather [on Wednesday] to Tomas Rosicky who has played many games recently," Wenger said.
Ramsey was deployed on the wings against Everton and Queens Park Rangers, instead of his usual central role. The Arsenal manager has a history of using central midfielders at wide roles on a regular basis, with Andrei Arshavin, Yossi Benayoun and Abou Diaby being recent examples. However Wenger said the situation was only a temporary one for the Welsh captain.
"I don't think it is a long-term option for him because he is more a central player in the way I see him developing. Sometimes to balance the team, especially considering on the other side we have a real winger, I put a midfielder in there. It is not linked with one position, it is to balance the team. I think in the education of a player it is important that he plays in different positions," the Frenchman added.