Football - Ramsey enjoying anchorman role

Aaron Ramsey is ready to reinvent himself as Arsenal's midfield enforcer after being thrust into the role by manager Arsene Wenger.

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Saturday's FA Cup win at Brighton was Ramsey's second successive match playing in front of the Gunners back-four following Wednesday's 5-1 thrashing of West Ham.

Wales star Ramsey, who had spent his entire career as an attacking midfielder, fell down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium after a succession of unconvincing displays that saw him net only once in almost a year.

But an injury to Francis Coquelin handed the 22-year-old his first Barclays Premier League start since November against West Ham, with Wenger asking him to perform a different role.

And with two victories from two matches as an anchorman, Ramsey now looks set to start Wednesday's crunch clash with Liverpool.

"I think I've played well in the last two games," he told Arsenal Player. "That's pleasing for me and hopefully I can just keep myself in the team and carry on.

"Hopefully, I get picked for the next game. I had a meeting with the boss the other week and he explained to me what's required for this role.

"I think I've done that in the last couple of games and I feel good in myself.

"[I've been] getting stuck in and winning the ball back, been involved a lot more and got a lot of touches of the ball, so hopefully I can continue the form I'm in at the moment."

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