Parlour: Ramsey can be king

  • Last Updated: March 19 2014, 15:26 GMT

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour believes Aaron Ramsey has the all-round ability to become as influential as Liverpool veteran Steven Gerrard.

Aaron Ramsey receives instruction from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger
Aaron Ramsey receives instruction from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

Ramsey is nearing a return to action having spent the last three months on the sidelines nursing a thigh injury - and Parlour is adamant the 23-year-old's career will blossom again.

The Wales captain struck 13 goals earlier in the campaign and spearheaded a fantastic early-season surge from the Gunners, but unlike many goalscoring midfielders he has also earned praise for his attitude to defending.

Parlour wrote on his Sportlobster blog: "Without doubt, Aaron Ramsey can become as influential as Steven Gerrard. Ramsey needs to believe in his own abilities.

"He is a young and exciting talent and will definitely be a top, top player in the future. He wants to learn and is blessed with the ideal attributes for a midfield player."

Parlour added: "Gerrard was the best player I have ever faced. I think he is absolutely world class. He isn't as effective box-to-box as he was a few years ago, but he continues to make the difference.

"Ramsey was the perfect box-to-box midfielder in the first half of the season and I always said if he could score a few more, he would be complete."

Earlier in the week, Ramsey joined midfield colleagues Santi Cazorla and Gedion Zelalem in signing contract extensions at Emirates Stadium.

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