Being named captain of your country at the age of 21 should tell you enough about the promise of Aaron Ramsey.

After missing nine months with a horrific leg break suffered against Stoke in February 2010, it's easy to forget this was the youngster's first full season at Emirates Stadium.

With Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri leaving last summer and Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby sidelined through injury, Aaron grabbed his first-team opportunities at the beginning of the campaign. The young midfielder was a regular in Arsène Wenger's first team and quickly began to form a healthy midfield understanding with Mikel Arteta.

There were goals against Tottenham, Marseille and Sunderland along the way but next season Aaron will be keen to reach double figures. "He has that ability to get into the box and when he has a chance he finishes it," said Wenger in October. "He has always had that since he started. There is much more to come from Aaron and I believe he can reach double figures.”

With a full campaign under his belt, a season without injury and the captain's armband for Wales, the only way is up for Aaron Ramsey.

“It’s been quite weird because [initially] I was playing, so Jack [Wilshere] went out on loan. Then I got injured, so Jack played. We haven’t really had a chance to play together yet in the league. It will be good to have the competition."

AARON RAMSEY 2011/12 season stats
Competition Appearances Goals Assists
Premier League 27+7 2 4
Champions League 5+2 1 1
FA Cup 3 - 1
Carling Cup - - -
Total 35+9 3 6

Aaron's contributions off the bench in Marseille proved vital towards helping Arsenal secure top spot in Champions League Group F. Latching onto Gervinho's flick-on, the young midfielder kept his composure in the dying embers of a tight encounter to slot home for a vital three points in France.

11/12: Marseille 0-1 Arsenal - Aaron Ramsey

Aaron keeps his cool in Marseille to win the game for Arsenal

Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to as the source
7 Jun 2012