Wenger - I was right to take chance on Ramsey

20 January 2009 03:24
Aaron Ramsey’s rapid transition from Championship youngster to Premier League starlet was made at the perfect time, according to Arsène Wenger. Arsenal’s summer signing has made 15 appearances this season, including eight starts, and helped himself to his first Arsenal goal in the Gunners’ 5-2 victory against Fenerbahce in October. Wenger believes that he was right to pluck the Welshman from Cardiff at such a young age, describing his development as “ahead of plan”. â€œI believe that it’s better to make the step at that age than five or six years later,” the manager told the Official Arsenal Magazine. “He has not only made the step up from the Championship to the Premier League, but also to a Premier League team that wants to be at the top and who fights in the Champions League, and that means it’s a massive difference at such a young age. â€œI believe he did extremely well because he has drive and he can push the team forward. He is always available, he wants the ball and he is very dynamic in his play. â€œOverall I’m very pleased with his progress because I must say that he is ahead of where I planned for him to be in January. You have to remember though that he is still only just 18 years of age and you need to be a little bit patient with him. â€œHe has shown that every time we’ve picked him, he has responded in a very positive way.” This is an extract from the full-length Arsène Wenger interview which features in the February issue of the Official Arsenal Magazine, now available. To subscribe, 12 issues for £33 (UK), call the hotline on 0845 88 00 445.

Source: Arsenal