Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey explains why he takes his mind off football at home

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The Wales star feels he can give more on the pitch if he switches off away from football.

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has been talking to the club's website about the level of commitment he provides when turning out for the club, a dogged and competitive nature that contrasts to a much more laid-back personality away from football.

The 24-year-old has grown into a key man for Arsene Wenger's side over the last three seasons, getting into double figures for goals in both of the most recent campaigns. But it is his tenacity and work ethic that stands out just as much as Ramsey's technical qualities, and the Welshman has happily put the team first by being played out of position on the right in the first few matches of the new season.

“It’s pretty much like flicking a switch in my head,” Ramsey told the Arsenal site. “I give everything when I’m on the pitch or on the training pitch. When I’m at the training ground and working in the gym or whatever, I always give everything that I’ve got."

However, the Wales star did underline how important he felt it was to switch off from football at home, given how dedicated he is to the game while turning out for the Gunners.

With some players living and breathing football at all times such is their love for the sport, Ramsey takes a different approach that allows for charging and giving his all when he needs to.

Naturally, different approaches work well for different footballers, and it is hard to argue that Ramsey isn't one of the Premier League's top midfielders.

“I’m not one of those people who goes home and has to put football on the TV straight away or has to watch Sky Sports News," he added. "It’s important to take your mind off football otherwise you become too obsessed and you look into things too much.

“I play golf to take my mind off [football]. I have a family who are very important in my life as well and they help me to take my mind away from it."

"When you’re there and playing it’s important to focus 100 per cent on what you’re doing." 

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