Arsenal Football Club is delighted to announce that Wales international midfielder Aaron Ramsey has signed a new long-term contract extension with the Club.

Ramsey (18), who signed for the Gunners from Cardiff City last summer, made a solid contribution to the first team in his debut season, making 22 appearances in all competitions during the campaign.

Aaron’s appearances last season included nine in the Premier League and six in the UEFA Champions League, where he scored his first Arsenal goal in the 5-2 victory at Fenerbahce in October.

Ramsey made his full international debut for Wales last November against Denmark, aged just 17, and now has six appearances for his country. He has also represented Wales Under-21s and became the youngest player ever to represent Wales at this level in August 2007, in a 4-3 victory over Sweden Under-21s.

Young midfielder Ramsey progressed through the youth ranks at Cardiff City and also became the youngest ever player to represent the Bluebirds, coming on as a substitute in the league match against Hull City on 28th April 2007, at just 16 years 124 days, breaking the previous record set by John Toshack.

Since making his debut for Cardiff City in the 2006/07 season, Ramsey went on to make a total of 22 appearances for the Welsh side, including a substitute appearance in the 2008 FA Cup Final against Portsmouth at Wembley Stadium.

Manager Arsène Wenger said: “We’re delighted that Aaron has signed a new long term contract. He made a very good contribution in his first season and he showed that he is a very intelligent player with great quality. He is still only 18 and we’re really looking forward to seeing him develop with us in the forthcoming years.”

Everyone at the Club is looking forward to Aaron’s continued contribution and development with Arsenal for a long time to come.

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1 Jul 2009