Hartson says Ramsey is not enjoying himself at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey should seek a loan move away from the club and ‘doesn’t look happy’, according to former Gunners forward John Hartson.
The Wales captain recently signed a new long-term deal at the Emirates Stadium but, despite featuring 25 times this term, has completed 90 minutes on just six occasions.
Ramsey’s compatriot Hartson believes the 22-year-old needs to be playing regular first-team football.
“I just think he needs that run of games,” the Wales assistant manager told Soccerway.
“Maybe if he did go out on loan (he’d get that), because he doesn’t seem to start many games at Arsenal now and when he does start he’s brought off and he doesn’t look happy.”
“I’m sure Arsene Wenger knows he’s a top-drawer player, because he wouldn’t have given him a new deal otherwise.”
Hartson, who represented the Gunners between 1995 and 1997, also claimed that Ramsey is still getting back to fitness after suffering a leg-break in February 2010, which saw the former Cardiff star miss a year of action.
“I don’t want to keep going on about it because I’m sure he (Ramsey) is fed up of people talking about his injury,” Hartson said.
“He’s been back now I think it’s about a year-and-a-half fit again.”
Hartson also suggested that Ramsey was being played out of position by boss Arsene Wenger but admitted that Wenger has some ‘gifted’ talent at his disposal.
“It’s just where his best position is because for us with Wales he’s central midfield.
“I don’t think playing on the left, wide left, is his position. (Against Swansea on Sunday) he looked lost at times.
“He did some very good things in the game but obviously Arsene Wenger didn’t think it was his greatest performance because he took him off.
“With Arsenal you look at their midfield. (Mikel) Arteta, (Jack) Wilshere, (Theo) Walcott, (Santi) Cazorla, (Alex) Oxlade-Chamberlain, they’ve got some really, really gifted players in the midfield.
“So it’s up to Aaron to put in the performances week-in, week-out and on the training ground.
“I just don’t think he’s quite hit the heights in terms of where he was before he got injured, but he will, I’m sure he will.
“He needs to play, play with a smile on his face, get back to enjoying football. It just seems as if there’s something holding him back at the minute.”
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