Arsenal's Ramsey: Liverpool's Gerrard was great but he is not my real hero

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Arsenal matchwinner Aaron Ramsey has revealed his footballing heroes.

While an injury-hit Premier League campaign will have left Aaron Ramsey and Arsenal wondering what might have been, the FA Cup turned into a dream for club and player.

The Welshman hit the extra time winner at Wembley to end a nine year trophy drought for the Gunners, and win the first medal of his own career.

It was the fifth game he had played at England's iconic stadium, once with Cardiff in the 2008 FA Cup Final, for Wales against England and two semi-finals.

Ramsey was featured prominently in the pre-match FA Cup matchday programme, and talked up the importance of winning the trophy:

"It can be the start of us winning more. We've already got a great team spirit, a great togetherness, so if we can go and win the trophy it would mean so much to the group."

The Welshman was also asked about his idols, and named three players who inspired him when he was growing up.

"Steven Gerrard is a player I've always admired, while the things Zinedine Zidane could do with a ball were unbelievable."

Yet there was one player Ramsey preferred on a personal level:

"I was a big Cardiff City fan and my hero was out captain Graham Kavanagh. He played in my position - central midfield."

Kavanagh played for four years for Cardiff between 2001 and 2005, before moving to Wigan where he featured in the 2006 side which knocked Arsenal out of the Carling Cup.

He is now manager of Carlisle United, and will no doubt be honoured to know Ramsey counts him as an inspiration.

It will be Gerrard with who more natural comparisons are made between, with Ramsey's Cup winning goal echoing the Liverpool captain's superb individual contribution in 2006.

It's too early to make too bold a statement right now, but there will be many an Arsenal fan feeling their current hero can go onto be even better than the Liverpool skipper.

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