Aaron Ramsey is proving Cesc Fabregas right.
It was two-and-a-half years ago Cesc Fabregas left Arsenal, unwilling to commit himself further to the club where had had emerged into a superstar since making his debut at 16.
He left for Barcelona to the disappointment of supporters, where he has gone onto win one La Liga title and one Copa del Rey.
After he left, he tried his best to convince Arsenal fans they would get past his exit, and identified the 'next big star'. While it has taken a while, his prophecy appears to finally be coming true.
In August 2011 he praised Jack Wilshere, but particularly Aaron Ramsey. He said: "Aaron has done unbelievable and he will get better with his final ball. He'll become the next big star at Arsenal. Jack and Aaron are the future, and they will do so well because they are competitive and they are winners. They will be amazing for the club."
That was even after Ramsey's horrific leg break, with the midfielder already having worked his way back into the first team, and the Spaniard was able to witness first hand his development.
Picking out the Welshman ahead of Wilshere as the 'next big star' was a bold statement to make then and even would have been a year ago.
Right now it makes 26-year-old Fabregas look pretty clever. Ramsey is Arsenal's top scorer, and has netted eight Premier League goals this season, just three less than Tottenham's whole team.
The respect between the two players was mutual, and Fabregas can even be credited with a role in Ramsey's superb ability. The Welshman said back in 2011: "Being the captain he has been a great role model not just for me for everyone else as well. Obviously he’s one of the best midfielders in the league and you do learn a lot from him."
Unfortunately Fabregas' prophecy was not more specific, he didn't go onto predict Ramsey would lead them to the silverware in 2013/14, but the odds currently look very good.
There is no midfielder in the league quite like the Welshman at present, and the sensational aspect is he is just 22-years-old. He may just go onto do what Fabregas never did, and deliver a Premier League title.
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