Ramsey pens long-term Gunners deal

01 June 2010 02:14
Aaron Ramsey has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal, the Premier League club have confirmed.

Ramsey has hailed the footballing philosophy of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger after committing his future to the club.

The 19-year-old midfielder, sidelined since February with a broken leg suffered against Stoke, has signed a long-term contract extension, the details of which were not disclosed by the Gunners.

Asked what makes the club stand out, Ramsey said: "The way they play football.

"Every player wants to play in a team where they can play football and I feel that this is the way it should be played, so that's one of the reasons [I signed a new contract].

"I'm very happy here.

"It's a great club and I've learned a lot so far since I've been here. I think there is still a lot more to be learned and I am happy here."

Ramsey had previously cited Wenger's presence as one of the key reasons he chose to move to the Emirates Stadium from Cardiff two years ago, and he has not been disappointed by the Frenchman.

"I think he has helped me massively so far," he told Arsenal TV Online. "I think I have still got areas I can improve on but generally I think I have improved as a player and I had just started to show that and started to play a bit more in games but unfortunately then the injury came."

Ramsey, capped 11 times by Wales, was well on the way to establishing himself as a key man in the Arsenal midfield before the tackle by Ryan Shawcross which left him with fractures to the tibia and fibula in his right leg.

He scored his first league goal for the Gunners in a 4-1 win over Portsmouth in August, and also claimed his first international strike in a 2-0 win over Liechtenstein in October.

"I was feeling very good," he said. "I thought I was just starting to play more games back to back so it was probably my best little spell I've had so far - and then the injury had to happen.

"But you can't dwell on things like that. You have to just forget about that and move on. Hopefully I can get through this as quick as possible."

Ramsey, who came to prominence in Cardiff's run to the 2008 FA Cup final, was forced to watch from the sidelines as the Gunners' challenge for silverware petered out on all fronts.

"It was very frustrating," he said. "But there was nothing I could do about it.

"The way I think about it is that it has happened now and there is nothing I can do about it so this is my challenge now, to get back.

"That is what I am concentrating on."

Ramsey's rehabilitation is expected to continue into next year, but the teenager vowed to continue improving.

"I think I can still develop my game a lot, and I'm in the right place to do that with the support of the manager and also a squad of very talented players," he said.

"I'm convinced the next few years will be a time where my career kicks on to a new level, it's an exciting time to be part of the club."

Source: Team_Talk

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