Aaron Ramsey signed for Arsenal on the 13th June 2008 from Cardiff City, after much deliberation decided to join Arsenal and Arsene Wenger over a still very successful Manchester United and Alex Ferguson.
It didn’t take long for Aaron to make his first appearance for The Gunners – A Champions League debut against FC Twente on the 13th August 2008 – his first goal soon followed again in the Champions League in a 5-2 win against Fenerbache on October 21st October 2008, his first Premier League goal come against Portsmouth at the Emirates on August 22nd 2009 in a 4-1 win.
On the 27th February 2010 Aaron Ramsey’s career was left in doubt after a shocking tackle from Stoke’s Ryan Shawrcross broke both Aaron’s tibia and fibula and would rule the Welshman out of action for the foreseeable future, there was a huge amount of doubt as to whether Aaron would ever get back to the level he was performing at. After nearly 9 months out of action Aaron made his return for Arsenal in a behind closed doors game at Colney against Wolves.
Following this Aaron had a couple of loan spells out at Nottingham Forest and then back to his home town club Cardiff City to gain back his match fitness and confidence.
Upon his return to Arsenal Aaron picked up his development over the next few season with an exceptional 2013-2014 season where he scored 16 goals in 34 appearances in all competitions marking his return back to the level we knew he could reach and proving all the doubter wrong that we would never reach that level following that awful injury back in 2010.
Arsenal fans love for Aaron Ramsey reached a whole new level after he ended Arsenal’s 9 year trophy drought at Wembley in the FA Cup Final on May 17th 2014 – A final that looked to be beyond us after going 2-0 down to Hull.
We then went on to win 2 more FA Cup Finals in the next 3 years, a 4-0 win against Aston Villa and a 2-1 victory against bitter rivals Chelsea – where Aaron Ramsey scored the SECOND winning goal which secured Arsenal as the most successful club in FA Cup history.
Following the departure of Arsene and the appointment of Unai Emery Arsenal began negotiations with Aaron over a new long term contract after Unai confirmed Aaron as one of his “5 Captains” alongside Mesut Ozil fresh after signing his new 350k a week contract. There appeared to be a breakthrough in negotiations towards the back end of the year with reports claiming Aaron had verbally agreed to sign a new deal – which out of nowhere was withdrawn by the club leaving Aaron as a free agent come 31st June.
There has been no communication from the club as to why this offer was withdrawn with reports claiming it was for financial reasons as the club’s wage bill had reached a whole new level after the deal that was signed by Mesut Ozil and the arrivals of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
On the 11th February 2019 Juventus had announced that Aaron had signed a 400k a week pre contract to join them on the 1st July 2019 ending Aaron’s 11 year stay in North London.
Since this announcement Aaron has been in and out of the side but has never complained, has never voiced his frustration for me he seems to be on a one-man mission to make sure his last season for Arsenal is a successful one.
Aaron splits the opinion of many fans – “He does to many tricks and flick” “Injury prone” and “tactically inept but leaving gaps with his runs forward” My opinion on Aaron is one of a player that has done nothing throughout his Arsenal career but be the ultimate professional he has always given the club everything he has even after his career threatening injury he fought back against all of the challenges to score not one but two FA Cup Final winning goals and to be names Arsenal’s Player of the Season in 2017-2018, I have supported Arsenal since I was 6 years old (31 years) and in the last 10 years I am struggling to think of a player that I am more gutted about leaving the club.
Aaron will leave North London after 11 years, nearly 400 appearances in all competitions and as it stands 64 goals becoming our highest scoring central midfielder ever. I believe he wanted to be a one club man, he was a readymade club captain and I believe is a club legend for what he has done at the club, however I wish Aaron nothing but the very best for the rest of his career and I hope his time in Italy is incredibly successful.
Thank You Aaron
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