Aaron Ramsey’s rise to prominence this season has been one of the most positive things that came out of Arsenal’s campaign – even with their FA Cup victory.
Ramsey’s potential has never been in doubt. But it has taken the Welshman a long time to make a serious impact at the Emirates since signing for them in 2008.
However, this year he was a revelation. The 23-year-old scored 10 goals and made eight assists during his 23 Premier League appearances and there is a feeling that had he not have suffered an injury midway through the campaign that Arsenal would have been genuine title contenders.
That is not the only issue surrounding Ramsey which raises the ‘what might have been' question, though. On this day six years ago, Manchester United had a bid accepted from Cardiff City for their prized youngster, but Ramsey opted to join Arsene Wenger’s side over Sir Alex Ferguson’s.
It is something which still rankles with the Scottish man, who still feels that Ramsey made a mistake by opting to join The Gunners.
“Aaron Ramsey said before we played Arsenal one time that he had chosen Arsene’s team over mine because Arsenal produce more players than Manchester United,” Ferguson wrote in his autobiography.
“I thought ‘What world is he in?’ I think a young boy can get manipulated into saying things. It was his own decision to reject United, and I have no problem with that.
“I thought he made the wrong choice, I must say, though he would have faced more competition at our place to make the first team.”
Neutrals, though, will find it hard to think that Ramsey made the wrong choice. The energetic central-midfielder has benefitted from the patience and faith that Wenger has shown in him and he is starting to pay that back in abundance.
What may be the regret for United fans is that Ramsey would have been the ideal man to solve their problems currently.
The Premier League’s most successful club are desperately hunting for a midfielder in the Welsh international’s mould and it must be of some annoyance that they did not try harder to secure their man, after watching him go on to achieve such success.
As it is, Ramsey looks set to be a key player for years to come at Arsenal, as Wenger looks to build a squad capable of winning the Premier League once again.
And, although Ferguson may think that Ramsey made the wrong decision back in 2008, you get the feeling that Ramsey is delighted with the choice he made six years ago today.