Arsène Wenger thinks Aaron Ramsey's statistics this season prove how much he has grown as a player.

The Welsh midfielder has hit the headlines with his goal tally but on Tuesday against Marseille he contested 27 duels - more than twice as many as any other player on the pitch.

He wins the 50:50s - that was not the case a year ago.

Arsène Wenger

Wenger hailed Ramsey's defensive improvement as well as his goalscoring record.

"Aaron [Ramsey] has first a fantastic engine," Wenger told Arsenal Player. "I believe his defensive awareness has improved, his defensive qualities have improved and his defensive score is very strong now.

"After that he has a huge desire to play every single ball. He wins the 50:50s - that was not the case a year ago.

"If you let him, he takes the ball at the back, passes to himself in midfield and passes to himself up front because he wants the ball so much.

"That's why his presence is so massive in a game."

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 Isaac Moore 28 Nov 2013