Aaron Ramsey
Aaron Ramsey's selfishness cost Arsenal two points, says Dietmar Hamann Getty Images/Paul Gilham

Former Liverpool player Dietmar Hamann has criticised Aaron Ramsey for being selfish and not defending for the cause of the team.

The Welshman has scored three goals thus far but has not been able to recreate his form from last season. The midfielder is trying his best to get on the scoresheet, which was evident in the game against Anderlecht, where he huffed and puffed but was unable to make himself available for Arsenal's cause.

His bursts forward left Mathieu Flamini to fend the Belgian attack on his own, which led to the equaliser and in the process ending Arsenal's hopes of qualifying to the knockout stages of the Champions League in pole position. Hamann believes that Arsenal's naivety cost them the game, which should have been closed and cordoned off the moment they were 3-0 up.

The Gunners need a point from their next two games to make it to the knockout stages, albeit in second position, something they were desperate to avoid this season after two successive years of being pitted against Bayern Munich

"The naivety is staggering. They were still attacking at 3-0, 3-1 with five and six men at a time. All they were interested in was scoring goals, they didn't think about the team's success, the win. In the end they got the ultimate punishment. It's not acceptable for a team that wants to win trophies at the highest level," Hamann said as quoted by the Independent.

"One thing I learned in football early on was that if you need a rest, you take it at the back. You don't run forward so you can't get back. In the end they attacked with five, six players, all interested in scoring.

"The main culprit was Ramsey. He wanted to get on the scoresheet. He wasn't interested in the team's success, whether the team was going to win or not concede and secure the three points. They wanted to get on the scoresheet and in the end they got punished," he concluded.