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Dec 9, 2009

Ramsey ready to hit Olympiakos 'where it hurts'

Arsene Wenger has hailed youngster Aaron Ramsey's ability to hit teams "where it hurts" ahead of Wednesday night's Champions League match against Olympiakos.

• Fabregas wants target man
• Preview: Olympiakos v Arsenal

With first place in Group H secure, Wenger will unleash Ramsey and his other youngsters at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium. Ramsey will likely play in Cesc Fabregas's driving midfield role, amid claims from the skipper the club should sign a more direct striker.

Ramsey might not play in the right position to fit that bill in the future, but he does play in that style, according to Wenger.

"He has spirit, and something that is very interesting, he is an efficient player, gets in the box at the right moment and is a penetrating player," Wenger said. "He is not a guy who goes right across the pitch - Ramsey goes where it hurts, and when he gets there, he is a good finisher.''

Ramsey has come a long way since joining Arsenal from Cardiff in the summer of 2008. He netted a second Premier League goal of the campaign in the 2-0 win over Stoke last weekend, while his European appearance record has already reached double figures. Wenger firmly believes Ramsey has the pedigree to make an impact at the highest level.

"Ramsey is just 18, but is quite ahead for his age because he already plays in the Wales national team and is at a top-level club," Wenger said.

Wenger, meanwhile, denied suggestions former Arsenal striker Dennis Bergkamp was set for an imminent return to the club.

"Dennis Bergkamp will be a very good coach, but at the moment, we have not looked for anybody,'' said Wenger. "If one day we do, I will consider former players, but at the moment, we have not.''

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