Aaron James Ramsey (born 26 December 1990) is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Arsenal and the Wales national team. Ramsey mainly plays as a box-to-box midfielder, but has also been deployed on the left and right wings. He played as a schoolboy for Cardiff City, where he spent eight years in youth football, became the club’s youngest ever first team player, and made 22 appearances for the senior team – including the 2008 FA Cup Final.
Ramsey moved to Arsenal in 2008 in a £5 million deal, where he quickly gained first team experience. However, his career stalled significantly after he suffered a broken leg in a match against Stoke City in February 2010. After two loan spells away from Arsenal, he returned to full fitness and re-established himself as a regular starter during the 2011–12 season. Ramsey was a key player for Arsenal in the 2013–14 season campaign, scoring 16 goals in all competitions, including the winner in the 2014 FA Cup Final against Hull City.
During the 2013–14 Premier League season, Aaron Ramsey developed into one of Arsenal’s most influential players. Arsenal’s manager Arsène Wenger has described Ramsey as a “complete midfielder,” and stated: “I was a midfielder, and I would have loved to have had what he has. He can defend, he can attack, he can score goals. What more do you want?” Ramsey was rewarded for his outstanding form during the 2013–14 season by being named Arsenal’s Player of the Season.
Ramsey blends superior technique with a powerful running style. Long known for his technical ability, during the 2013–14 Premier League season, Ramsey also developed into a strong runner with the ball. Wenger observed, “[Ramsey] is now brushing opponents off and running away from them with ease.” The Arsenal website’s first team biography series writes that Ramsey possesses “a mixture of tireless energy, strong technique, tigerish tackling and quick transitions”. Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour said that Ramsey could “become as influential as Steven Gerrard”.
Ramsey made his full international debut for Wales in 2008, and was part of their successful UEFA Euro 2016 qualification campaign. He also represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics.
The highlight of his international career came at the Euro 2016 where Wales reached a major tournament high. Ramsey was at his best, scoring a goal and providing four assists and was included in the tournament best XI. Ramsey missed Wales semifinal game against Portugal due to card suspension and were eliminated with two second half goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani.
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