Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey Gunning for Santi Cazorla's position in the centre of midfield.

"I want to play in the middle. I’ve had chats with the manager about it. We have wingers on the bench, but he still picks me out wide" says Welsh star.

Centre sparks: Ramsey is a willing but frustrated wide-man for Wenger. Image: Stuart MacFarlane.

Aaron Ramsey has told Arsene Wenger he does not want to play out on the right.

Arsenal star Ramsey has now been restored to his favoured central midfield role, revealing he has held talks with boss Wenger after getting frustrated at being stuck on the wing.

Ramsey admits he has played wide to do a job for the Gunners, but was happy to start in the middle against Sunderland on Wednesday after being switched inside during the draw at Manchester United three days earlier.

He said: “I’m not hiding away from it, I want to be playing in the middle. I’ve had chats with the manager about it. I showed at Manchester United what I’m capable of doing when I go into the middle of the park.

Man in the middle: Santi Cazorla has the position Ramsey would rather play. Getty.

“But the manager said he wants me do a job out there for the moment and obviously I’ll do that for him. But I prefer to play in the middle.

"We have wingers on the bench, but he’s still picking me out wide.

“Santi Cazorla is the one in my position. He’s the one who plays alongside Francis Coquelin and tries to get forward. I am trying to get that back.

“I like to get the ball and drive the team forward. I’m not a No10, playing with my back to goal. I’ll try to play between the lines now and again if the game demands that and we’re pressing quite high. That can be a dangerous position to take up.

“But I like to start from a defensive position and drive the team forward with little one-twos around players. That’s where I prefer to play.”

The 24-year-old Wales international said Wenger was receptive when he knocked on his door and prefers playing in the middle because he is more involved in the game.

“The manager respects ­everyone’s opinion,” said Ramsey. “His door is always open, which is a good thing. He’ll have his reasons but will also respect your reasons and value your opinions.

“It’s harder to get involved in the game when you’re on the wing, which is why I don’t really enjoy playing there. I’m used to getting the ball a lot more in the middle of the park.

“I like to be involved in ­everything, in starting attacks. I’m relying on other people to get me into the game. It is a bit frustrating. I am having an impact on the game but I prefer to be much more involved.”

Ramsey really nailed down his place last season, when his goals established him as one of the most prolific midfielders in Europe.

But in many ways, this season has been equally rewarding as he has been in good form for Wales in their push for the Euro 2016 finals and his displays for Arsenal have pushed them towards third place and helped them reach another FA Cup Final.

French mustard: Ramsey and Wales are in contention for a Euro 2016 place. Image: PA.

Ramsey, however, is the first to admit that the club want to aim even higher next season and he is convinced they are not far away from being genuine title challengers.

He said: “Our form has been fantastic since Christmas, and ­hopefully we can take that into next season.

“The last couple of seasons have either started off really well, or finished really well. We couldn’t quite put the two together, hopefully we can do that next season. It’s just about being more consistent throughout the season. We know we can match anyone on our day – it’s just about doing that every week.

“It’s a massive few days in front of us. We’re looking to secure third place. Obviously we’ll go into the last game wanting to finish on a high before the FA Cup Final, hopefully then we can go on to retain that.

“And then, obviously, it’s a massive game with Wales against Belgium [on June 12]. It’s at home, in front of a sell-out crowd.­ Everybody is enjoying themselves, playing for Wales.

"We’re top of the group, and why not get a result against them?”

* Aaron Ramsey was supporting the finals of the biggest grassroots football tournament in this country - the PlayStation Schools' Cup Festival. Watch the festival video highlights at

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