Ramsey: I want to emulate Gerrard or Lampard for Arsenal

The Gunners midfielder is keen to realise his full goalscoring potential in 2014-15, a season in which he expects as many as six teams to challenge for the Premier League
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is determined to become a Steven Gerrard or Frank Lampard figure for the Gunners this season.

The Welshman had a breakout season in 2013-14, scoring 10 goals and registering eight assists in 23 Premier League games and emerging as one of the division's finest players.

After injury disrupted his campaign and arguably played a part in the Gunners' demise from title pretenders to top four contenders, Ramsey now wants to fulfil his potential as an effective attacking influence for Arsene Wenger.

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"I see myself as that midfielder who can score goals for Arsenal and I think that's important," the former Cardiff City star told The Daily Telegraph.

"It's proven over the years to be important for successful sides to have goalscoring midfielders and, hopefully, I'll do the same this season. The likes of Gerrard and Lampard have done it for many years on a consistent basis and that will be my aim now to do that.

"I've always felt I'd be a goalscoring midfielder. Before my serious injury, I had broken into the team and scored a few goals. I've always believed in my ability to do that and I've always been in goalscoring situations but I haven't been as composed as I was last season.

"I just felt like I had a lot more time in front of goal, whereas in the past I rushed a few decisions and shots that I made."

Arsenal led the way in the Premier League for much of last season but fell away in the second half of the campaign and finished fourth - and Ramsey expects an even tougher battle at the top of the table, with as many as six teams vying for glory.

"I think there's going to be a few teams in it this year - I think maybe about six teams," he added to reporters.

"Teams will take points off each other. Anything can happen but there's five or six teams that are going to be really strong this year."