Aaron Ramsey says that having a defined role in the Arsenal team is doing wonders for his form and confidence.

The Welsh midfielder is currently enjoying a prolonged run in the side after a stop-start beginning to the campaign, and is generally operating in his preferred central midfield position.

He believes that the faith shown in him has helped him produce a run of consistent performances.

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Ramsey told the official matchday programme: "It's very important. Having a job in the team, having to be relied on, playing games consistently, these are big factors.

"Confidence is such a big thing in football and I think mine is getting back to where it was. I'm happy with the way things are going at the moment."

The 22 year-old did his cause no harm with a respectable showing against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night, even if the end result was not what anybody of an Arsenal persuasion would have desired.

"I think I was defensively solid, won a few balls back and was OK in possession," he said.

"In the first half we didn't seem to have as much of the ball as we usually do and that wasn't easy - we'd have liked to keep the ball a lot more in the middle, but I think we did well overall.

"Bayern make it very tough, they've got full backs who bomb on all the time and it's hard for our wingers to track them. They're very fit players and got up and down all evening, creating a lot of overlaps."

Overall, though, Aaron believes it has been a positive few weeks on a personal level - and he aims to continue the trend at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

"I'm feeling good. My confidence is coming back and I'm getting stuck in more, winning more balls back and doing more with the ball as well, moving it around quickly," he said.

"Hopefully I can continue that now and help the team get back to winning ways against Aston Villa."

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Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Nick Ames 22 Feb 2013