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Aaron Ramsey

Aaron James Ramsey (born 26 December 1990) is a Welsh People association football who plays for Arsenal F.C. and Captain (association football) the Wales national football team. A box-to-box midfielder with a wide range of passing, Aaron Ramsey established himself as the playmaker for Arsenal F.C. following the departure of Cesc Fàbregas.

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Aaron Ramsey biography

Aaron James Ramsey (born 26 December 1990) is a Welsh People association football who plays for Arsenal F.C. and Captain (association football) the Wales national football team. A box-to-box midfielder with a wide range of passing, Aaron Ramsey established himself as the playmaker for Arsenal F.C. following the departure of Cesc Fàbregas.

Ramsey played for Cardiff City F.C. as a schoolboy where Aaron Ramsey spent eight years in youth football before making 16 appearances for the senior team. Ramsey moved to Arsenal in 2008 in a £5 million deal, where Aaron Ramsey quickly gained first team experience.

Club career

Early life

As a child Ramsey attended Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni in the Caerphilly County Borough. Before turning to football, Aaron Ramsey was a keen rugby player and as a schoolboy Aaron Ramsey played as a winger for Caerphilly R.F.C.s youth development programme, where Aaron Ramsey was approached by scouts from Rugby League side St Helens RLFC after playing in a youth match against them but had already been signed by Cardiff City's youth academy. Aaron Ramsey lived with Aaron Ramsey parents, Marlene and Kevin, and Aaron Ramsey brother, Josh until moving to London where Aaron Ramsey was housemate with former Cardiff City teammate, Chris Gunter, who was then playing for Tottenham Hotspur F.C. before moving to Nottingham Forest. Ramsey is bilingual, speaking both Welsh language and English.

Cardiff City

Ramsey made Aaron Ramsey first league appearance of the 2007–08 season on 6 October, when Aaron Ramsey came on as a late substitute for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in the 2–1 home win over Burnley F.C.. Ramsey signed Aaron Ramsey first professional contract in December 2007 and went on to make Aaron Ramsey first full professional start for Cardiff on 5 January in the FA Cup against Chasetown F.C. replacing the suspended Stephen McPhail. An impressive performance from Ramsey saw Aaron Ramsey head in the second Cardiff goal as they went on to win 3–1. Due to Aaron Ramsey performance against Chasetown, Ramsey was nominated for the Player of the Round award, eventually losing out to Coventry City F.C. Michael Mifsud. On 26 April, Aaron Ramsey scored Aaron Ramsey first league goal in a 3–3 draw against Burnley F.C.. Aaron Ramsey went on to make Aaron Ramsey first career league start three weeks later in a 3–1 win over Queens Park Rangers F.C. and began to establish himself in the first team making several more starts in the Cardiff side. Aaron Ramsey made a total of 22 appearances during the season, Aaron Ramsey first full season of professional football, and played in five of the club's six FA Cup matches, including the final, becoming the second youngest player to play in an FA cup final after Curtis Weston, who played in the 2004 FA Cup Final for Millwall F.C..

Following Ramsey's impressive performance in the 2–0 FA Cup quarter-final win over Middlesbrough F.C. it was revealed that Manchester United F.C. manager Alex Ferguson had talked to Cardiff boss Dave Jones (football manager) to inquire about Ramsey, who were later joined by Arsenal F.C. and Everton F.C. in following Aaron Ramsey progress. Ramsey grew up a Manchester United fan as Aaron Ramsey looked up to fellow Welshman Ryan Giggs as well as Roy Keane. Cardiff Chairman Peter Ridsdale told the BBC that Arsenal's bid of £5 million up front had been accepted. Arsenal's bid did not include a loan clause that would allow Ramsey to stay at Cardiff for another season. Cardiff City assistant manager and former Arsenal player and coach Terry Burton, who was credited for having brought through Ramsey, also helped recommend Aaron Ramsey to Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger, having retained a longstanding connection to the club. During the transfer negotiations, Burton also advised that Ramsey join Arsenal, citing the similarity between the player and the club's overall style of play. The move was completed on 13 June 2008 on what is said to be a long-term contract. The main reason Aaron Ramsey chose Arsenal ahead of the other clubs that pursued Aaron Ramsey signature was the approach of Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger, who flew Aaron Ramsey and Aaron Ramsey family to Switzerland to talk about the plans Wenger had for Aaron Ramsey and Aaron Ramsey potential future with Arsenal. Wenger described Ramsey as "a player with a fantastic engine, good build, good technique and good vision".

Ramsey made Aaron Ramsey competitive debut for Arsenal in the 2008-09 UEFA Champions League Third Qualifying Round against FC Twente on 13 August 2008 and Aaron Ramsey league debut a month later against Blackburn Rovers F.C. on 13 September 2008, marking it with an assist to Emmanuel Adebayor for Arsenal's fourth and Adebayor's third. On 23 September 2008 Aaron Ramsey completed 90 minutes in Arsenal's third round Football League Cup game against Sheffield United F.C. where Aaron Ramsey added two more assists to Aaron Ramsey season's tally, setting up Nicklas Bendtner and Carlos Vela, which Arsenal won 6–0. Aaron Ramsey scored Aaron Ramsey first goal for the club in their 5–2 victory away against Fenerbahçe S.K. in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League by shooting a long range shot which hit the left post and went in, becoming the fifth youngest scorer in Champions League history, and only the second player born in the 1990s to score a Champions League goal. Ramsey was named amongst host of young players poised to shine in 2009 by On 1 July 2009, Aaron Ramsey signed a new long-term contract at Arsenal.

On 22 August, Ramsey scored Aaron Ramsey first league goal in a one-on-one against goalkeeper David James (footballer) as Arsenal beat Portsmouth F.C. 4–1 at Emirates Stadium and then set up Andrei Arshavin in a 3–1 home win over Celtic F.C. in the 2009-10 UEFA Champions League qualifying phase and play-off round Play-off round. In the 28 October Carling Cup fourth round win against Liverpool F.C., Aaron Ramsey produced an impressive performance and set up Nicklas Bendtner that earned Aaron Ramsey the Man of the Match award.

Ramsey made Aaron Ramsey first Premier League start of the season on November 7, 2009 as Arsenal beat Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 4–1 at Molineux Stadium with Ramsey completing 90-minutes for the first time in the top-flight. Four days after the game, Aaron Ramsey was awarded the Welsh Young Player of the Year award. On 6 December 2009, Ramsey scored Aaron Ramsey second league goal of the season in a comfortable 2–0 victory over Stoke City. On 30 December, Ramsey went on to score Aaron Ramsey third goal of the season, along with an assist in the 4–1 victory against Portsmouth F.C.. On 3 January 2010, Ramsey scored a 78th minute equaliser in the F.A. Cup third round tie against West Ham United F.C. at Upton Park. Arsenal went on to win the tie 2–1, with Eduardo da Silva scoring a 83rd minute header. Ramsey went on to be named E.ON Man of the Match. Ramsey has been described by manager Arsène Wenger as: "An offence-minded Roy Keane" and "an all-round player, with a fantastic ability to cover distances."

On 27 February 2010, Arsenal played Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium, where a tackle by Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross caused a double fracture in Ramsey's lower right leg. Ramsey was hospitalised, and it was later confirmed that Aaron Ramsey had broken Aaron Ramsey tibia and fibula. No return date was initially given, but it was announced on March 20 that Aaron Ramsey started walking without Aaron Ramsey crutches. Ramsey signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal on 1 June 2010. Aaron Ramsey returned to training in October 2010. On 23 November 2010, Ramsey made Aaron Ramsey return to competitive football for the Arsenal reserve team against the Wolverhampton Wanderers reserve team at Arsenal's London Colney training ground.

Loan to Nottingham Forest

Ramsey was loaned out to Nottingham Forest on 25 November 2010 until 3 January 2011. The move was to allow Aaron Ramsey to gain match fitness. Ramsey made Aaron Ramsey Forest debut on 29 November 2010 as a 61st minute substitute against Leicester City. Aaron Ramsey made Aaron Ramsey first start against Derby County F.C. in the East Midlands derby where Aaron Ramsey played 60 minutes. The match ended 5–2 to Nottingham Forest. Due to adverse weather conditions, Ramsey was limited to just five appearances for Forest before returning to Arsenal in January, 2011. Ramsey returned to Arsenal on 5 January before the club's FA Cup clash with Leeds United FC in which Aaron Ramsey was an unused substitute. Ramsey was also an unused substitute at Portman Road on 12 January for the Carling Cup semi-final clash with Ipswich Town F.C..

Loan return to Cardiff

Ramsey returned to Cardiff City in a one month loan move in order to gain match fitness, joining fellow Arsenal youngster Jay Emmanuel-Thomas who also joined Cardiff City on loan in January 2011. Ramsey was handed Aaron Ramsey first start for Cardiff against Reading F.C.. Ramsey again started for Cardiff City in the South Wales derby against Swansea City A.F.C where Aaron Ramsey provided an assist for Craig Bellamy in the game ending 1–0. Ramsey again completed 90 minutes for Cardiff in the game against Scunthorpe United F.C. and Burnley F.C.. A minor thigh strain ruled Ramsey out of the match against Nottingham Forest. Aaron Ramsey made Aaron Ramsey come back against Leicester F.C., scoring in a 2–0 victory.

On 25 February, Cardiff asked for a loan extension until the end of the season with a 24 hour call back option; however, Arsenal turned this offer down and Ramsey returned to Arsenal.

Return to Arsenal

Ramsey made Aaron Ramsey Arsenal return as a 72nd minute substitute against Manchester United in the FA Cup which Arsenal lost 2–0. Aaron Ramsey made Aaron Ramsey first start since Aaron Ramsey injury for Arsenal on 19 March against West Bromwich Albion. On 1 May Ramsey scored Aaron Ramsey first goal of the season against Manchester United, winning the Man of the Match award. The midfielder ended the season with seven league appearances.

2011–12 season

On 16 August 2011, Ramsey made Aaron Ramsey first Champions League appearance of the season at home against Udinese. In the fourth minute of the match Aaron Ramsey assisted on Theo Walcott's goal that gave Arsenal the 1–0 advantage in the first leg of the match. Four days later Aaron Ramsey played a league game at the Emirates against Liverpool F.C. where on the 78th minute of play, Ignasi Miquel's attempted clearance hit Ramsey and looped into the back of the net past Wojciech Szczęsny for an own goal. The game finished 2–0 to Liverpool.

On 17 September 2011, Ramsey assisted on Mikel Arteta for Arsenal's second goal as the team lost 4–3 away to Blackburn Rovers in a Premier League game. Aaron Ramsey was widely criticised for Aaron Ramsey performance lately for slowing down the tempo of the game and being indecisive in passing. However, Aaron Ramsey had a solid game during a convincing 3–0 Premier League win against Bolton Wanderers F.C. on 24 September 2011. Aaron Ramsey provided an assist for the Arsenal captain Robin van Persie by a through ball in less than one minute after the half-time break. Aaron Ramsey made another important through pass to Theo Walcott on the 54th minute that saw David Wheater sent off for pulling Walcott from the back.

On 19 October 2011, Aaron Ramsey scored a dramatic last minute winner against Olympique Marseille in an important group stage match of the UEFA Champions League. On 23 October 2011, Aaron Ramsey produced a chipped ball over the Stoke City F.C. defence to assist Gervinho for the first goal in a 3–1 win for the Gunners. On 5 November 2011, Aaron Ramsey aided Arsenal to open the score against West Bromwich Albion F.C. in a Premier League in the Emirates Stadium with an exquisite pass that allowed Theo Walcott to shoot. The ball was then parried by the West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster (footballer) and tapped in the back of the net by Robin van Persie. Aaron Ramsey scored the equaliser on 11 February 2012 in a 2-1 win away to Sunderland A.F.C..

International career

Ramsey had Aaron Ramsey first taste of international action when Aaron Ramsey was called up for the Wales U17s in 2005. A part of the new wave of young talents to emerge from the Wales youth teams, Aaron Ramsey debuted for the U21 side on 21 August 2007 in a 4–3 away win over Sweden national under-21 football team several months shy of Aaron Ramsey seventeenth birthday, breaking former club mate Chris Gunter's record. Youth coach Brian Flynn revealed that Ramsey had been purposely held back in the U21s to help qualify for the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship but they lost a close contest to England U21s in the play-offs, where Ramsey himself scored a wonderful volley with Aaron Ramsey weaker foot in the second leg at Villa Park (stadium).

Ramsey made Aaron Ramsey debut for the Wales national football team on 19 November 2008 versus Denmark national football team in a friendly, aged 17, breaking the record set by Chris Gunter as the youngest Welsh international On 14 October 2009, Aaron Ramsey scored Aaron Ramsey first senior goal in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA) away at Liechtenstein from a free kick awarded for a trip on Gareth Bale. As the World Cup qualification campaign came to an end, Aaron Ramsey and 11 other senior internationals were recalled to Flynn's preliminary U21 squad on 30 October for a qualifier but later withdrew. On 6 November, Toshack also called Aaron Ramsey up for the 14 November friendly against Scotland national football team. Wales won 3–0 and Ramsey was involved in all of them – assisting David Edwards (footballer)' opener, setting up Joe Ledley to assist the second and then scoring a solo effort. Ramsey was awarded the Football Association of Wales's Young Player of the Year award that same month.

Former Wales team manager Gary Speed appointed Ramsey as permanent captain of Wales, beginning with the match versus England on 26 March 2011. This made Aaron Ramsey the youngest ever Wales captain at the age of 20 years 90 days, beating the record set by Mike England in 1964. Aaron Ramsey scored Aaron Ramsey first goal as captain in Wales' final Carling Nations Cup match against Northern Ireland on 27 May 2011.

International goals


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