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Aaron Ramsey

Last term will live long in the memory of Player of the Season Aaron Ramsey. The Welshman scored 16 goals in 34 appearances, including a dramatic winner in the FA Cup final to seal a stunning personal campaign.

After an impressive pre-season, Aaron got off to a flyer with eight goals in his first nine games as Arsenal quickly moved to the summit of the Premier League. Crucial goals against Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund followed and the Welshman also netted a brace against former club Cardiff City at the end of November. A thigh injury suffered on Boxing Day kept him out for just under four months but his spell on the sidelines had no bearing on his outstanding form.

Aaron Ramsey Profile

Born December 26, 1990
Caerphilly, Wales
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 16
Previous Club(s) Cardiff City (loan), Nottingham Forest (loan), Cardiff City
Arsenal Debut August 13, 2008

The midfielder netted a further three goals after his return to take his tally to 16 for the season, which ended with a richly-deserved FA Cup winner’s medal.

Aaron joined the Gunners from Cardiff City in the summer of 2008, aged just 17. He had already become the Bluebirds’ youngest player (at 16 years 124 days), and was the fifth-youngest scorer in Champions League history when he netted for Arsenal against Fenerbahce in October of that year.

His progress received a setback when he sustained a serious leg fracture in February 2010, necessitating a long road to recovery that took in loans at Nottingham Forest and back at Cardiff. His rehabilitation was successful, and he is now a key player for club and country.

He has captained Wales, and represented Team GB in the 2012 Olympics - scoring as they reached the quarter-finals.

Aaron Ramsey's Arsenal Career

  Prem Lge Europe FA Cup Lge Cup Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2008-2009 1 + 8 0 4 + 2 1 2 + 2 0 3 0 10 + 12 1
2009-2010 7 + 11 3 1 + 5 0 1 + 1 1 3 0 12 + 17 4
2010-2011 5 + 2 1 0 0 0 + 1 0 0 0 5 + 3 1
2011-2012 27 + 7 2 5 + 2 1 3 0 0 0 35 + 9 3
2012-2013 21 + 15 1 4 + 3 1 2 + 1 0 1 0 28 + 19 2
2013-2014 20 + 3 10 7 + 1 5 2 1 1 0 30 + 4 16
Total 81 + 46 17 21 + 13 8 10 + 5 2 8 0 120 + 64 27

My Year

  • 2013/14
  • 2012/13
  • 2011/12
  • 2010/11
  • 2009/10
  • 2008/09

August

It was a month to remember for Aaron. The Welshman was Arsenal's most influential player after a string of outstanding performances in the heart of the midfield. The 22-year-old scored three goals including a brace against Fenerbache at home, his second a sublime cushioned volley. "He's improving week to week," said Arsene Wenger. "That's very positive for us because a year ago many people were questioning him."

October

After winning the Player of the Month award for August and September, Aaron continued to impress in October. The Welshman provided the cross for Mesut Ozil's opening goal against Napoli before scoring his ninth goal of the season with a brilliant individual effort against Norwich City. "I saw the two defenders come rushing out so I thought I'd pretend to shoot and then obviously I was inside the six-yard box, I saw another defender come towards me so I pretended to shoot again and then put it past the goalkeeper," recalled Ramsey. "I'm just confident at the moment. Confidence is such a massive thing and I feel composed in front of goal at the moment and I'm taking my chances."

December

December was a quieter month for Aaron after his flying start to the season. The midfielder provided a sublime pass for Mesut Ozil to score Arsenal's second against Hull City and notched another assist when he played in Theo Walcott for his second against Man City. Aaron sustained a thigh injury against West Ham which would keep him out for the rest of the month.

January

A thigh injury kept Aaron out of action for the whole of January.

March

Aaron suffered a setback in his comeback from a thigh injury which meant he did not feature for the first team in March. However, the Wales midfielder signed a new long-term contract with the club. "I feel like there's plenty more to come," he told Arsenal Player. "This season I've proven a lot of people wrong. There was a tough time in the period after my injury but I've got through that and I feel really confident and feel like I'm improving with every game. "Hopefully now I can get back out onto that pitch as quickly as possible and show what I'm capable of doing and hopefully finish off the season in some style as well. This season I've proven a lot of people wrong... I feel really confident and feel like I'm improving with every game."

May

Aaron capped an outstanding season by scoring the winner in the FA Cup final against Hull City. The Welshman also scored a stunning volley against Norwich and finished the campaign with 16 goals from 34 appearances. Speaking after the FA Cup final, Aaron said: "It was the most important goal of my time here. I've been really pleased with my form this year. I wouldn't have been able to do it without my team-mates but I'm just a bit gutted that I got injured. "I'm just delighted to come back, make a big impact in a game and win the FA Cup."

August

Aaron returned to Arsenal after representing Great Britain in the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Wales captain featured against both Sunderland and Stoke as a second-half substitute.

October

Aaron made five appearances over the course of October. He scored against Olympiacos, delightfully lobbing the goalkeeper to seal Arsenal’s win.

December

Aaron made five appearance in December, and was named in the starting line-up against both Olympiacos and Bradford. The midfielder signed a new contract at the Club midway through the month, along with Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson.

January

Aaron appeared in every game during January, starting five times. After starting the month predominantly on the left, Arsene Wenger brought the Welsh international into the centre of midfield against Brighton and Hove Albion.

March

Aaron featured in all of Arsenal’s games during March. The midfielder came off the bench against Swansea before setting up Gervinho’s late strike. “We came close and at the end of the two legs, we drew 3-3,” Aaron said after Arsenal were knocked out of the Champions League. “It’s not an easy place to come and win 2-0, so we can take a lot of positives from the result. We’re disappointed we’re out of this competition.”

May

Aaron was a key figure throughout May, playing the full 90 minutes in each of Arsenal's three fixtures. The Welshman netted his first league goal of the season against Wigan Athletic, firing home emphatically after Santi Cazorla had played him through.

August

Aaron was ever-present in the month of August, starting Arsenal’s opening three Premier League games and both legs of the Champions League tie with Udinese.

October

Aaron was a mainstay of the Arsenal midfield throughout October, helping himself to two goals along the way. He grabbed an equaliser in the defeat at White Hart Lane, before leaping off the substitutes bench to fire Arsenal to a late victory in Marseille. “My target is to get into double figures so hopefully I can do that this season," he said. "It's always a nice feeling when you score a goal."

December

Aaron continued his impressive campaign, featuring heavily once more in midfield. He was rested for the draw with Wolves but started all the other available Premier League fixtures. "The relationship has definitely grown as the season’s gone on," he said on his partnership with Mikel Arteta. "I think that’s shown in the fact that we’ve each had a number of assists, and even though we can still learn a lot more from each other we definitely have a much better understanding of each others’ games now."

January

Aaron remained the team's most regular outfield player in the Premier League, starting in all three fixtures over the month. The Wales captain was also present for both FA Cup wins over Leeds and Aston Villa respectively. “What I think people forget about Ramsey is it is his first full season really," said Arsene Wenger. "For me, he is growing month to month and people are a bit impatient with him. I am very happy with what he is delivering and when Wilshere comes back they can play together.”

March

Aaron started Premier League fixtures against Everton and QPR and also featured in the victories over Newcastle and Aston Villa respectively.

May

Aaron started in the draw against Norwich and featured as a second-half substitute in the crucial final-day victory at West Brom.

August

Aaron continued his rehabilitation from a broken leg in the month of August. Arsene Wenger said he hopes the midfielder will return in November and was pleased with the progress the Welshman is making.

October

Aaron neared the end of his gruelling rehabilitation programme and a return to the first team was now in sight as he began kicking a football again. "I’ve been doing strengthening exercises and those sort of things for a long time now," he told Arsenal TV Online. "I’m starting to feel the benefits and I’m outside training with the fitness coach, and I feel good.” He was also named Wales Young Player of the Year.

December

Aaron was restricted to just one start and two substitute appearances for loan side Nottingham Forest due to bad weather in December. The Wales midfielder made his first competitive start since February and completed 60 minutes as Forest beat Derby 5-2. The Arsenal man got an hour under his belt as he continued to build up his fitness ahead of a January return to the Club.

January

Aaron joined Cardiff on a one-month loan on January 22. With limited opportunities in Arsène Wenger’s side, he insisted he would do anything to work his way back into the team and if that meant a temporary switch, then so be it. “If going out on loan again for a month to get a few more games helps me get back into shape quicker and into the Arsenal team then I will do that,” Aaron said ahead of his move.

March

Aaron was back. The midfielder came off the bench to make his first appearance in an Arsenal shirt for over a year against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Then, against West Brom at the Hawthorns, Aaron was included in Arsene Wenger’s starting XI for the first time since February 2010. It was a welcome sight for his team-mates, manager and fans alike.

May

Aaron deputised for the injured Cesc Fabregas throughout May and scored the winner against Manchester United to keep Arsenal in the Premier League title race. It was his first Arsenal goal since an equaliser at West Ham in an FA Cup Third-Round tie on January 3, 2010.

August

Aaron marked his four substitute appearances in August with a goal and an assist as the Gunners made a positive start to the season. He scored the final goal of the game from 10 yards as Arsenal saw off Portsmouth 4-1 at Emirates Stadium. And four days later Ramsey was the supplier as Andrey Arshavin scored the third in the 3-1 Champions League Play-Off second leg victory over Celtic.

October

Aaron scored his first senior-international goal in October bagging Wales' second of a 2-0 win over Liechtenstein. Aaron was introduced as a substitute in Arsenal's 1-1 draw in Alkmaar and in the 3-0 win over Spurs. He played 90 minutes in the Carling Cup win over Liverpool.

December

Aaron was the only player to feature in all eight of Arsenal's first-team fixtures during December. The Welshman started four times and bagged two goals, including one against Portsmouth that he described as his "best Arsenal goal so far," in an interview with Arsenal TV Online at the end of an impressive month for the youngster.

January

Aaron featured in four of Arsenal's games in January. The 19-year-old started the Premier League fixtures against Everton and Aston Villa and scored the Gunners' equaliser after starting in the FA Cup Third Round tie away at West Ham United. He also appeared as a substitute in the Fourth Round defeat to Stoke City.

March

Ramsey began to walk unaided after he suffered a season-ending broken leg in February. "He has been encouraged to walk without crutches and he is doing that," Wenger told Arsenal TV Online. "The recovery is going as well as you could hope for at this stage of the injury. He is, of course, impatient as anybody would be in his position. But we have had no bad surprises. Until now, everything has been going to plan."

May

Aaron remained on the sidelines throughout May but told Arsenal TV Online that he was beginning to see some encouraging signs. "I'm feeling good and positive. I can see little improvements so that's encouraging," he said. "I'm not sure when I will be back, they [the medical staff] can only take it every few weeks or every month. Basically I just have to build my muscles back up to handle my body weight on one leg. As soon as that is back up and the bones heal properly, I can start running again."

August

The midfielder featured in both games at the Emirates Cup and completed his first 90 minutes against Seville in Amsterdam, showing glimpses of the ability which has seen him rated as one of the brightest young talents in Britain. His first taste of competitive action came in the away leg against FC Twente where he started and finished the hard-fought 2-0 victory. Aaron was in all three 18-man Premier League squads but did not make an appearance.

October

October 2008 is a month that will live long in the memory of Aaron Ramey. The 17-year-old opened his goalscoring account for the Gunners when he hit the fifth goal in Arsenal’s 5-2 victory against Fenerbahce. Those 17 minutes in Istanbul proved to be the Welshman’s only competitive action in the month but he did make the bench against Everton and West Ham United.

December

Like in November, Aaron Ramsey featured in all of the month’s squads and enjoyed starts against Burnley in the Carling Cup and Porto in the Champions League. The Caerphilly-born midfielder also emerged from the bench against Aston Villa and Portsmouth and continued to show flashes of his undoubted ability.

January

As the month in which he ‘went home’ to Cardiff, Aaron won’t be forgetting January 2009 in a hurry. The Welshman started Arsenal’s FA Cup fixture against Cardiff City on Sunday 25th and received a warm welcome from large sections of the Ninian Park faithful. That match - and the FA Cup win against Plymouth - aside, Aaron was restricted to brief substitute appearances in the Premier League.

March

Aaron only made one appearance during March, replacing Emmanuel Eboue after 67 minutes of Arsenal’s 3-1 victory at West Brom. During the month, the Rugby Union Six Nations tournament was played. And, because of Aaron’s passion for rugby, we asked him about the tournament. “They are very passionate about their rugby in Wales and the Six Nations is a big occasion for them,” he said. “I enjoy watching them, I enjoy rugby and I give my support to Wales.”

May

After almost the whole season on the fringes of the Arsenal first-team, Aaron finally made his full Premier League debut in May when he started in central midfield against Portsmouth on Saturday 2nd. In addition the young Welshman featured in three of the other four squads in the month.