Henry: Ramsey knows he has to be as good as Bale for Wales

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The Arsenal legend says he has noticed a change in the midfielder's performances at the Emirates this season.

Arsenal icon Thierry Henry has emphasised how well he thinks Aaron Ramsey has been playing this season, according to comments on BBC Sport, and says it is that form that can help Wales qualify for the European Championships in 2016.

Though Ramsey hasn't reproduced his outstanding goalscoring form of last season, the 24-year-old has been a vital ingredient to Arsenal's success, as well as the impressive start Wales have made to their qualifying group.

The former Cardiff man's willingness to play out wide for Arsene Wenger is an indication of his maturity, according to Henry.

"That shows you again a sign of how he has matured," the World Cup winner is quoted as saying on BBC Sport. "He does not go against it, he does not play the 'me' card, he plays the 'we' card."

The Dragons now face an important match against group leaders Belgium, with the Red Devils boasting only the slimmest of margins over Chris Coleman's side at the top of Group B.

Belgium are only ahead of Wales on goal difference, but they are a side full of international stars such as Eden Hazard, Vincent Kompany, Thibaut Courtois and Kevin de Bruyne.

But Henry believes Ramsey's impressive form this year, alongside the abilities of the likes of Real Madrid's Gareth Bale and Liverpool's Joe Allen, could see them make the finals in France next year, stating that the Arsenal star has to be playing at the level Bale often functions at in order for the team to make it.

"I saw Ramsey growing as a man, more mature. Not scared of taking control of the game," Henry said of the Gunners midfielder after the FA Cup final win over Aston Villa.

"I see it also when he is playing for Wales. The way he played against Israel he knows he needs to be as good as Gareth Bale, because you are not going to reach the promised land and go to France only with Gareth Bale being good.

"You need Ramsey to turn up, you need Joe Ledley to be good, you need Joe Allen to be good, you need Ashley Williams to be good and the whole squad.

"So I think he took that on board, like the others. But obviously you know if you want to go to France it is going to have to be around Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale... your special players are going to win you the game."

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