It's been more stop than start for Aaron Ramsey this season, and he heads into the new year hoping for a change of fortunes with his fitness.
The Wales midfielder had a dream 2016 for his country - reaching the semi-finals of the European Championship - and now he wants to scale new heights with his club.
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Back on the pitch on Boxing Day, Aaron could start against Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day. For him and the team, it’s time to go on a run.
It was good to see you back on the pitch on Boxing Day, how is your fitness now?"I want to build it up and stay fit now," he told Arsenal.com.
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“It's obviously been a very frustrating season for me so far, especially coming off a very good Euros with Wales. I wanted to kick on and get going this season, but it's been a bit stop-start again. It's something that I am trying to work on and trying to find out what's right for me, and hopefully that will be the case from now on and I can stay fit.
“It's a combination of a few difficult things [when you’re out of the team]. The mental side is certainly part of it, you want to get consistency in your game and feel comfortable, but as soon as you are in and out of the team you have to keep doing the same routines and get back to full fitness each time, so it takes a while.
“You have to get your fitness up in training, work your way back in, so it is frustrating but now I'm just looking forwards and staying fit.”
Aaron will always remember 2016 fondly after his country’s incredible run in France. Six months on, Wales’ stunning achievement is still fresh in his mind.“It’s something that I think back to quite a bit,” he said. “It was just a fantastic experienced from start to finish. What the boys achieved out there was beyond all expectations so that made it all even more special.”
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