Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has looked back on the Gunners’ 2-1 victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light as the turning point in his career.
The Welsh international moved to North London from Cardiff City as a teenager for a reported £5 million fee in 2008.
Despite initial promise, a broken leg sustained in feisty clash with Stoke City in 2010 stalled his career somewhat and subsequently ruled him out for the rest of the campaign.
In the following two seasons the 23-year-old scored just three goals in 70 Premier League appearances, prompting many observers to question his place in the side.
Ahead of today's clash at Sunderland, Ramsey looked back to the Gunners’ last visit to the Stadium of Light and revealed it as the moment his career at the Emirates really took off.
“I’ve always been in the positions but those two goals, and the couple that I scored in the Champions League early [in the season], just set me up and I felt really comfortable in front of goal,” Ramsey told Arsenal Player.
“[The volley for my first goal] was a nice, sweet shot where I hit the ball really cleanly and thankfully it went in. It could have been the start of my good form.”
The former Cardiff youngster went on to have a memorable campaign last season as he scored the winning goal which secured the FA Cup and ended his side’s nine-year trophy drought.
He notched 10 Premier League goals in 23 matches before succumbing to injuries in the New Year, but did enough to impress the fans as he won the Arsenal Player of the Year award, receiving 58% of the votes.