Published: Sat, October 20, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Arsenal should make Ramsey captain, not let him leave, says Wilshere

Arsenal should make Ramsey captain, not let him leave, says Wilshere

If Arsenal were to end the 2018/19 campaign in one of the top four places it would be a marked improvement from the last two seasons, finishing fifth (2016/17) and sixth (2017/18) respectively, and former winger Pires is backing them to do so. I think we have to continue doing a lot of the things to get better.

After their opening eight matches, the Gunners find themselves sitting in fourth; two points behind leaders Manchester City who are only ahead of Chelsea and Liverpool on goal difference.

"I think you've got to look at the situation and ask: 'How many top teams in the Premier League and elsewhere could he get in?' And you'd have to say them all - and that speaks volumes about the type of player he is".

"We need this calm because we (beat) a lot of opposition teams with very poor performances".

He pointed to their last home game over Watford, where Arsenal were lucky not to fall behind to the Hornets before securing a 2-0 win, as a fine example.

Arsenal coach Unai Emery has said he has no issue with having to play on the Monday night of a European week because televising matches "is important". The next game against Leicester is very big, very hard.

"We need to stay with the best tams in the Premier League".

Emery again refused to discuss the future of Aaron Ramsey at length after the Wales midfielder said he wants to stay until the end of the season.

"For me January is very far away", he added.

The Wales worldwide said this month he thought he had signed a new deal with Arsenal, only for the club to withdraw their offer. "It's hard for me to comment on because I'm not there but I do know he's a great player - if it was me I know I would want to keep him around". On Monday it's the same if he starts in the first XI or on the bench, to come with the focus for this match to help us.

"It's the same, my answer".

"But after six matches winning in the Premier League, it hasn't changed". The football, the future is tomorrow.

"I am not here to talk about individual cases but to talk more of the philosophy we are bringing", he told BBC Sport.

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