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Aaron Ramsey hailed as a 'future Arsenal skipper'

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey
Aaron Ramsey was a 5m signing from Cardiff City in the summer of 2008

Arsenal legend Bob Wilson has hailed Welsh teenager Aaron Ramsey as a future Gunners captain.

Ramsey has scored in his last two starts and double-winning great Wilson has been impressed by Ramsey's mature displays this term.

Boss Arsene Wenger insists Ramsey's development is "ahead of schedule."

And Wilson adds: "I think it's possible that Aaron Ramsey will be a future Arsenal captain - there's something about him that makes him different."

Welsh-speaker Ramsey fired in a superb a crucial equaliser in Arsenal's 2-1 FA Cup third round win at West Ham on Sunday, just four days after he scored a left-footed stunner and set-up another goal in their 4-1 victory at Portsmouth.

He is set for a sustained run in Arsenal's midfield as Alex Song is set to join Cameroon at the African Nations Cup and current captain Cesc Fabregas is sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Bob Wilson
Aaron is certainly a leader, he has a winning mentality. That is the sort of thing that Arsene doesn't just think can be big to the team on the field, but very important in the dressing room

Arsenal legend Bob Wilson

He snubbed a move to Premier League champions Manchester United to sign for the European giants from Championship club Cardiff City for a £5m fee - an amount that seems to be a bargain buy.

"He improves from game to game," said Arsenal manager Wenger.

"I set him a target at the start of the season to play between 15 and 20 games. It looks like he will get that very quickly."

Ramsey has been capped 11 times by Wales and the Caerphilly-born youngster has been widely regarded as the man to take over the Welsh superstar mantle from Manchester United great Ryan Giggs.

He has been touted as a future international skipper and now 1971 League and FA Cup double-winning goalkeeper Wilson, the Gunners' former keeper coach, believes Ramsey could emulate his world-class mentor Fabregas and lead his club.

"There was great expectation about Aaron when he arrived here," said current Arsenal ambassador Wilson.

"He is not in awe of anyone, he seems to be a very grounded lad and has bided his time.

"He has watched the lads around him like Fabregas, Denilson, Diaby and Samir Nasri and has taken it all in.

"He has an amazing presence and is putting it altogether now. Aaron has learned the Arsene Wenger total football way but has a mean streak which you need at the top level of the game and can win ugly.


"Aaron plays a tremendous pass and move game, gets himself into the box and has the confidence to shoot. But he also has a good long-range shot and is capable of scoring from in excess from 22 yards.

"We should now let Aaron develop but he is certainly a leader, he has a winning mentality.

"That is the sort of thing that Arsene doesn't just think can be big to the team on the field, but very important in the dressing room."

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