Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has named three former teammates who helped inspire him to become the player he is today.
The 28-year-old has played his last game for the Gunners as he prepares for life in Italy where he will turn out for Serie A champions Juventus next season.
Ramsey’s time at Arsenal: Five things you need to know…
- Aaron Ramsey joined Arsenal from Cardiff City in 2008 and has enjoyed an 11-year tenure in north London.
- The Welshman has made 369 appearances for the Gunners, scoring 64 goals.
- 13/14 was his highest scoring campaign, in which he netted 16 goals in 34 games across all competitions, an average of almost one every two matches.
- Ramsey scored two match-winning goals in two separate FA Cup finals, once in 2014 and the other in 2017.
- He won’t be able to play any more matches for Arsenal before his move to Juventus with injury ruling him out for the remainder of the campaign.
Ramsey has enjoyed great success while emerging as one of the Premier League’s most exciting playmakers across the past decade. He has also developed his game alongside some of the most talented stars the league has seen in recent seasons.
The Wales international has now named three former Arsenal teammates who were able to inspire him to become the player he is today. Thomas Rosicky, Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri were the three that Ramsey listed as his midfield teachers.
Ramsey said: “In a relatively short space of time, I was able to learn so much from the boss and the world-class players that I had in the team around me.
“I would always watch them closely, especially our midfielders, and would try to take little bits from their games to make myself a more well-rounded player.
“Tomas’ burst of pace, Samir’s close control, Cesc’s one-touch passing… I was choosing what I loved from their games and trying to add them all to mine.
“It wasn’t just about watching, though, I knew that I could ask them for advice whenever I needed it and, while all the experienced players would help me, Cesc was the player who would always stand out in training sessions for me.
“He played in my position back then and the numbers of assists and goals he would get, as well as his passing ability, was just brilliant.”
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Reflection time for Ramsey
With injury ruling him out of action for the rest of the campaign, Ramsey’s time at the Emirates has come to an end.
Although he will be joining Serie A champions Juventus who regularly compete in the further points of the Champions League and boast players such as world-great Cristiano Ronaldo, Ramsey is still going to miss the club that has been his home for over a decade.
The Welshman believes that he may have taken a few things for granted – including playing with the likes of Rosicky, Nasri and Fabregas – and that his focus on ‘the next game’ may have stopped him enjoying those moments.
“Looking back at it now,” he said, “I don’t think you realise how big an impact other people are having on your career at the time.
“It’s maybe one of those things you take for granted, something that you don’t need to consider because you’re flying in the first team and you only need to focus on the next game.”