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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 C. Shield Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2008-2009 1 + 8 0 4 + 2 1 2 + 2 0 3 0 0 0 10 + 12 1
2009-2010 7 + 11 3 1 + 5 0 1 + 1 1 3 0 0 0 12 + 17 4
2010-2011 5 + 2 1 0 0 0 + 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 + 3 1
2011-2012 27 + 7 2 5 + 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 35 + 9 3
2012-2013 21 + 15 1 4 + 3 1 2 + 1 0 1 0 0 0 28 + 19 2
2013-2014 20 + 3 10 7 + 1 5 2 1 1 0 0 0 30 + 4 16
2014-2015 7 + 3 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 12 + 3 3
Total 88 + 49 19 25 + 13 8 10 + 5 2 8 0 1 1 132 + 67 30

My Year

  • 2014/15
  • 2013/14
  • 2012/13
  • 2011/12
  • 2010/11
  • 2009/10
  • 2008/09

September

Aaron played four of Arsenal’s September matches and starred in their 2-2 draw with Manchester City when he assisted Jack Wilshere’s equaliser, but then sustained a hamstring injury in the north London derby. “I feel like I am as mature as I can be. I've got a lot more responsibility and I've become used to that and it feels good,” he said. "I just want to improve on last season and try to become the best player I can possibly be.”

October

Aaron missed the Galatasaray and Chelsea games through injury but returned to help Arsenal salvage a draw with Hull City and a victory against Anderlecht. The Wales midfielder also featured as an 88th-minute substitute against Sunderland. "He had a good rest," said Arsene Wenger before the Sunderland game. "Now we expect him to produce [the] performances that he produced last season. I think he is there and that will come naturally."

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."

September

It was another month to remember for Aaron as he continued his incredible run in front of goal. The Welsh midfielder netted a brace in the win at Sunderland as well as goals in the victories over Marseille and Stoke. The 22-year-old notched his eighth goal of the season in the 2-1 win at Swansea and was deservedly named as the Barclays Player of the Month and Arsenal Player of the Month. "I think I'm just more composed in front of goal now," Aaron told Arsenal Player after the win over Marseille. "Throughout my career I've been in those positions where I could have scored a goal but I've probably lacked that composure to put the ball away."

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."

November

Aaron's incredible start to the season continued into November as the Welshman scored four goals to take his tally to 13. The pick of his goals came in the 2-0 win over Liverpool when he slammed the ball into the top corner from 25 yards out. Ramsey received a warm reception on his return to south Wales to face his old club Cardiff and he returned the gesture by opting not to celebrate either of his goals. After the Cardiff game, Mikel Arteta said: "I think it was a total performance. He [Ramsey] helped the team a lot defensively, obviously he's got the energy to get in the box and both finishes are top drawer."

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.

February

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

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."

April

Aaron made his long-awaited return to the side with a 20-minute cameo against Everton before scoring his 14th goal of the season in the win against Hull City. The Welshman provided assists for two of Lukas Podolski's goals in April and was an influential reason behind Arsenal's return to form. "These things happen in football and I am just glad to be back out there now," he said. "Hopefully I can show what I can do, help this team achieve Champions League football again and hopefully have a medal at the end of the year."

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.

September

Aaron featured heavily in September, making five appearances in total. The midfielder impressed in Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Manchester City.

October

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

November

Aaron featured six times during November, missing only the trip to Schalke due to a groin strain.

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.

February

Aaron started twice and was brought on as a substitute on two further occasions in February. The Wales international was deployed as an emergency right back after Carl Jenkinson was sent off at Sunderland.

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.”

April

Aaron had a month to remember in April, starting all of Arsenal’s five fixtures and winning the man of the match award for his performances against Norwich City and Everton. The Welsh international’s consistently energetic displays in central midfield also saw him named as the Club’s player of the month. “I'm really pleased with my form,” he said before the Fulham game. “I'm working hard and putting in some good performances, so I'm happy. It makes a big difference [to be in central midfield]. That's my position and it's where I want to play."

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.

September

Aaron was a regular fixture in the Arsenal engine room in the same month that he was handed the captain's armband for Wales. A Man of the Match performance against England kick-started his tenure and he went on to help the Gunners to wins against Swansea, Bolton and Olympiacos.

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."

November

Aaron's assumed extra responsibility in midfield, thriving in his influential role behind Robin van Persie. The 20-year-old featured in Premier League victories over West Brom and Norwich, as well as helping Arsenal into the knockout stages of the Champions League. "I just think the players that have come in this summer [have made the difference],” he said. “Obviously it takes a bit of time to get used to each other and I think that's been the case."

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.”

February

Aaron was in and out of the team. He started the draw at Bolton, before providing his fifth goal of the campaign off the bench in the dramatic win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. There were also starts in the Champions League and FA Cup against AC Milan and Sunderland respectively. “We have good team spirit here and belief that we can still win any game," he said. "It was nice for me to get on the scoresheet against Sunderland, as well as Thierry getting the winner."

March

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

April

Aaron enjoyed a regular run in the team, starting in three of Arsenal's five league matches. "He always looks like he will score but doesn't score at the moment," said Arsene Wenger. "Once that will be done I think he will be more relaxed in front of goal and score more. He has played many games this year and for a first season that is tremendous."

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.

September

Aaron continued his recovery from injury during September. “Aaron is running,” Arsene Wenger told Arsenal.com. On September 30 Wenger said: “He is making good progress.”

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.

November

Aaron ended a nine-month wait to pull on an Arsenal shirt when he made his comeback for the Reserves against Wolves on November 23. He played 45 minutes and emerged unscathed from his first outing since his injury. Two days later he joined Nottingham Forest on a short-term loan deal until January 3 to gain match fitness and sharpness. The Wales midfielder made his debut for the Championship side on November 29 when he came on as a 61st-minute substitute in a 1-0 defeat against Leicester.

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.

February

Aaron made six starts for Cardiff during February and scored his first goal since December 2009 as he helped them to a 2-0 win over Leicester. The Wales midfielder added the second when he calmly guided home Kevin McNaughton’s cross in the 52nd minute.

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.

April

Aaron came off the bench twice as a late substitute against Blackpool and Bolton.

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.

September

Aaron made three substitute appearances for the Gunners in September and played 90 minutes in the Carling Cup against West Brom. Speaking exclusively to Arsenal TV Online the Welshman said he was excited about his involvement with the first-team this season.

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.

November

Aaron played in three of Arsenal's five November fixtures and was named man of the match after playing a part in all three of Wales' goals in their 3-0 win against Scotland. He scored the final goal of the game after collecting the ball 40-yards out and bursting into the penalty area to guide the ball home. After watching the game, Arsène Wenger said Ramsey's performance highlighted his qualities. "I am very happy that from game to game he shows how good he will be," said the manager. "He has a lot of qualities and I believe he is developing very well."

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.

February

Aaron's season ended in February after he sustained fractures to the tibia and fibula in his right leg during the Gunners' 3-1 win at Stoke City. The Welshman had been in impressive form and started twice for Arsenal in February. After the injury over 60,000 fans sent messages of goodwill to the midfielder via the Club's official website.

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."

April

Aaron continued his recovery from a broken leg and told the Official Matchday Programme about the amount of goodwill he has received since sustaining the injury. "There's been so much support - I think there were something like 50,000 messages within a couple of days [via Arsenal.com]," he said. "I was very happy to see all the e-mails and cards and things coming over, and that helps you get through - knowing that people want you and are trying to encourage you to get back as quickly as you can. It's shown me what I have, not that I really needed reminding - this is such a family club and everybody, from the staff to the fans, has been so supportive."

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.

September

After making his first European appearance in August, Aaron made his first domestic appearance for Arsenal in September when he started against Sheffield United in the Carling Cup. The Welshman gave an assured performance alongside Mark Randall in the centre of midfield and registered an assist when his audacious back-heel found Nicklas Bendtner who fired home from eight yards.

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.

November

Aaron continued to stake his claim for an Arsenal first-team berth throughout November. The Welshman was involved in all eight squad in November, starting against Wigan in the Carling Cup and appearing against Fenerbahce, Manchester City and Dynamo Kyiv. On the 19th, the 17-year-old also made his debut for Wales and received glowing praise from his manager. "He is always available and doesn’t hide. He has good vision and I believe he will be a very big player in the future,” Wenger said.

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.

February

Aaron was included in all five matchday squads in February and made it off the bench against both Cardiff and Roma. Speaking in the Official Matchday Programme the young Welshmen said: “You would want to play all the games if possible but I am realistic. I’m still only 18 and I know I still have quite a bit to learn. I am being patient now and I just want to take my chance whenever I get it.”

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.”

April

Aaron didn’t make a first-team appearance in April but was named among the substitutes in half of the month’s fixtures. The teenager’s highlight came while on international duty, when he made his first competitive start for Wales on April 1 in their clash with Germany at the Millennium Stadium.

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.