Former Cardiff midfielder Aaron Ramsey can lay claim as one of the more experienced players in the Arsenal squad this weekend, as the club contest the FA Cup final and look to end a nine-year wait for silverware.
Ramsey played a part in the 2008 Cup Final with the Bluebirds, who fell 1-0 to Portsmouth at Wembley. The match was just the second final to be played at the revamped home of English football, but left all with a connection to the Welsh capital in despair.
A first-half Kanu goal was enough to scramble the victory for Portsmouth that day, but the Welshman hopes he will be on the winning side this time around.
“It was something that I was really looking forward to, playing at Wembley in front of a sell-out crowd,” Ramsey told WalesOnline.
“We were in the game, we had a couple of chances and maybe on another day we would have won but it wasn’t to be and I was really disappointed in the end.
“It was sort of mixed emotions. I was proud to have got there but losing on the day was disappointing. Hopefully this time it will be different.”
“We’re close. Maybe we just need to win one thing to go on and be successful for five or 10 years.”
Ramsey is in fact the only player in the Arsenal squad who boasts any FA Cup final experience, and having been in electrifying form this season could play a crucial role in the outcome of the match..
The 23-year-old has scored fifteen goals in all competitions this season, more than his combined total across all five of his previous campaigns at Arsenal. He also had a long injury layoff at the start of the year, and has left many wondering what could have been for the Gunners in the Premier League had he stayed fit.
Arsenal face Hull City on Saturday afternoon with a great chance of securing a trophy. Memories of the late defeat to Birmingham City in the League Cup final of 2011 may sit with several members of the squad, but along with Ramsey they have a chance to put right previous wrongs and end the clubs nine-year hoodoo.