The upcoming Premier League season is important for many players but non more so than Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey. Three and a half years after Ryan Shawcross broke his leg in a game at Stoke City, Ramsey is finally showing the signs of putting the injury once and for all behind him.
Since that injury the Welsh midfielder has shown glimpses of getting back to the player he was before suffering that horrific injury against Stoke, and if performances in Arsenal's preseason are anything to go by then it looks to be a very positive season for Ramsey.
He will know that if midfield signings are made then he will have fight on his hands to retain his starting place in the side, with Arteta, Wilshere, Cazorla and a potential new signing, Ramsey could find himself on the outside looking in come the start of the season.
Nevertheless he will be an important member of the squad if the Gunners are to challenge for silverware this year, he showed the fight and determination he possess in many of his performances last season and now has his chance to make his mark in the middle of the Arsenal midfield.
He turned down a move to Manchester United in favour of Arsenal when he moved from Cardiff City for £5m in 2008, so he will hope put the injuries behind him and show the talent and potential that he has, lets not forget that Ramsey is still only 22.
He has time on his hands and Arsenal fans will hope this is the start of that and they witness a real breakout season. During the preseason he has shown his passing and vision, this culminated in a fine display against Manchester City in Finland over the weekend, highlighted by a magnificent assist for Theo Walcott's first goal and topped it off with a goal himself later in the second half, cooly rounding Joe Hart and sliding the ball into an empty net.
There's no doubt that come May and the end of the season Aaron Ramsey will have left a mark on Arsenal's season, how big that mark will be will depend on the crucial first few weeks of the season.
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