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Aaron Ramsey signs new Arsenal contract

Aaron Ramsey
Arsenal beat off competition from Manchester United to sign Ramsey

Midfielder Aaron Ramsey has signed a new long-term contract at Arsenal.

Ramsey, 19, joined Arsenal from Cardiff in the summer of 2008 for £5m and is currently recovering from a broken leg, suffered against Stoke in February.

The Welshman, who scored four times from his 29 appearances last season, had previously signed a new long-term deal at the club in July 2009.

"I'm very happy here at Arsenal, it's a great club and I've learned a lot since I've been here," said Ramsey.

Ramsey, who has been capped 11 times by Wales, was well on the way to establishing himself as a key man in the Arsenal midfield before a tackle by Ryan Shawcross left him with fractures to the tibia and fibula in his right leg.

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The midfielder's rehabilitation is expected to continue into next year.

He scored his first league goal for the Gunners in a 4-1 win over Portsmouth in August, and also claimed his first international strike in a 2-0 win over Liechtenstein in October.

"Every player wants to play in a team where they can play football and I feel that this is the way it should be played, so that's one of the reasons I signed a new contract," added Ramsey.

"I think I can still develop my game a lot, and I'm in the right place to do that with the support of the manager and also a squad of very talented players.

"I'm convinced the next few years will be a time where my career kicks on to a new level, it's an exciting time to be part of the club."



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