Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey: What football can learn from the sport I didn’t choose

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey reveals that he could have become a professional rugby player and points out what football can learn from rugby.

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has revealed that he could have become a rugby league player.

Rugby is a very popular sport in Wales, and the 23-year-old says that he was approached to play in the rugby league.

‘I played a lot of both and it was with rugby league when somebody asked my teacher if I could go up and have a trial for St Helens’, he told the Arsenal Magazine. ‘There were local teams around as well such as Newport Gwent Dragons’.

Ramsey, now a Wales international, does not regret choosing football as his profession and believes that football can learn a thing or two from rugby.

‘I think I made the right decision in the end to go with football but I still think there’s a lot of things we can take from rugby’, he said.

‘There are examples such as when someone’s down and the physio can just run straight on the pitch and the game's not interrupted. Maybe sin-bins too, as well as respect towards referees!'

Ramsey developed at Cardiff City’s academy and made 16 league appearances for the first team, before making a £5 million switch to Arsenal in the summer of 2008.

Considered as one of the most promising British players, Ramsey struggled with injuries for quite a while at the Emirates Stadium, but over the past season or so he has regained his touch.

Ramsey was Arsenal’s best player last season and will prove to be crucial for the Gunners this campaign too.

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