'Aaron has always had a strong personality'

Aaron Ramsey celebrates his first goal

Arsene Wenger has always had a way with words - and he was in fine form when discussing the changes Aaron Ramsey has made to his game.

The Wales international suffered from a number of fitness problems earlier in his career, but the Arsenal manager says he has taken certain steps to eradicate that in recent years.

"He’s stronger [now]," the Arsenal manager said. "He’s always been very fit, but it's been about getting to the core of the problems. 

"Sometimes there is a reoccurrence of an injury, it’s a little bit like an engine in Formula One, you have to find out where the problem lies and what you have to change. Sometimes it can be a single movement to change and that can take time.

“He’s always had that [self-belief], he’s always had a strong personality. I think the biggest part in the game, at 18 or 19 years of age, is not so much your talent, its more your personality, the belief in your own qualities and he’s always had that.”

Wenger is keen for Ramsey to commit his future to the club by signing a new contract, and says that talks have been taking place.

“We are communicating… yes, I’m confident," the manager said. "He’s not at the end of his contract, he has one and a half years to go.

“From my side it is clear, but you always have to find an agreement. We want him to stay. He’s one of these guys who has been here for a long time. He will be an important player in the future of this club.”

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