On This Day - 2008 - Arsenal complete signing of Aaron Ramsey from Cardiff City

Wales' Aaron Ramsey in action

Ramsey has gone on to be a big figure in the Arsenal side.

Cardiff City's Aaron Ramsey in action

It has become something of a trademark of Arsene Wenger's reign at Arsenal that he is comfortable looking elsewhere, even down the lower divisions for good, promising young talent. Aaron Ramsey was a great example of that, and Wenger felt the need to part with £5 million to Cardiff City to secure the services of the then 17-year-old. These days it is a surprise if he is not lining up in the Arsenal midfield. 

It would take a couple of seasons before Ramsey would start to establish himself as a first-team player with loan spells at both Nottingham Forest and Cardiff. 

Aaron Ramsey - Arsenal dejected

His time at the club has not been without its challenges, notably when he sustained a broken leg from a poor challenge from Ryan Shawcross against Stoke City.

But he has managed to come back a stronger player since, and add goals to his game in the process. The 2013/14 season has been his best on the goal-scoring front. Rather than occasions where he would coincidentally score around the time a famous person would pass away, it would become a more regular feature. That season saw him score 16 goals in all competitions - including a winner in extra-time for the Gunners to lift the FA Cup.

Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey and Sunderland's Yann M'Vila

The following season would also see him with a FA Cup winners' medal to his name - and 10 goals in all competitions - but the most recent campaign has seen him score just the six. So far he has scored 43 goals from 265 games, but at the age of 25 he has plenty to offer in the future.

The highlight of his 2016, however, would be representing Wales during their current Euro 2016 campaign, after he played a key role at the weekend getting them off to the best possible start with a 2-1 win over Slovakia.

Wales' Aaron Ramsey in action

There have been suggestions that he would be a good fit for Barcelona, with the Express reporting back in January that the La Liga Champions were interested in him. For now, Arsenal will want him to stay and find his best form ahead of the next campaign. 

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