At the age of 25, Aaron Ramsey has already been through a lot. The worst being that awful leg break suffered following a Ryan Shawcross tackle in February 2010, which a small section of Stoke fans still mock.
He was also the captain of Wales until Coleman took that honour away from him because he didn’t think it was fair to place such a high level of expectation and responsibility on someone so young.
Currently, he is a fan favourite at Arsenal and a main stay in Arsene Wenger’s side. The Wales international is a versatile midfielder, who a lot of teams always keep an eye out for. As it is the January transfer window, there’s bound to be one or two transfer rumours linking him away from the Emirates.
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Ramsey has been a star for Arsenal since arriving from Cardiff in 2008. His flexibility has been a real strength that Arsene Wenger has utilised over the years.
With his fellow centre-midfield partner Jack Wilshere spending more time on the operating table than alongside Ramsey on the pitch, it means he has been forced to play in a number of positions.
Ramsey can play anywhere in midfield, whether it’s on the left, right, in attack or defensive, so it’s only normal that teams like Bayern, Barca and co should be interested.
In 2008 Ramsey had the world at his feet. He was playing for Cardiff City, and playing regular football. It was believed Sir Alex Ferguson wanted to sign him at Manchester United but Ramsey eventually chose north London as his preferred destination – and the rest is history.
It took some time for Ramsey hold down a first team place for the Gunners, but he named by FIFA as one of the young promising players to look out for at the time.
Later in 2009 he won the Young Welsh Player of the year award, further illustrating that he was the real deal. Yet, on the 27th February 2010 at the Britannia Stadium, Ramsey had his tibia and fibula broken in a challenge by Ryan Shawcross.
For any player, they could quite easily have walked away from the game or let it effect their confidence. However, by the 20th March he was walking without crutches, had returned to training by October and then, on the 23rd November 2010, returned in a reserve game against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
What followed was a short loan to Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City to build up match fitness.
The following season he returned to Arsenal and made seven more appearances, and since then has been a main stay in the Arsenal squad, becoming one of the most influential players in the 2013/2014 season.
It is no surprise, then, that a number of big clubs are believed to be interested in signing a promising player, who still has so much to give. Whether or not he should actually leave Arsenal is another matter entirely, with first team football a lot harder to come by at bigger clubs
Yet with the talent he has, there is no reason why he cannot become a key player for one Europe’s heavyweight sides.
Should Arsenal go on to win the Premier League this season, and if Ramsey plays an important role in the Gunners’ success, the price on his head will rise significantly.