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Aaron Ramsey
Gender Male
Birthplace Caerphilly
Nationality Welsh
Ethnic Welsh
Job Welsh Footballer
Desc Aaron Ramsey had the pick of Manchester United and Arsenal in 2008, but chose to join the Gunners after a conversation with Arsene Wenger swung the deal. The Welshman went on to make 369 appearances for the club, scoring 64 goals in the process - including two unforgettable FA Cup final winners in three years against Hull and Chelsea.

Affiliation

Org Welsh National Team
Club as Player Juventus
  Arsenal FC
  Cardiff FC
  Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni

Relationships

|:——————|:————–| | Wife | Colleen Ramsey |

2011 11 27 Retrieve

[Current Wales captain Aaron Ramsey, who was handed the armband by Speed] I was given the tragic news this morning. To say I am devastated is an understatement. My thoughts and prayers go out to Gary’s family and friends. Today the world has lost a great football manager but even more sadly a great man. He will be missed by all

2017 08 27 Retrieve

[Aaron Ramsey when asked about Arsenal Fan TV] Ha ha, no [I don’t watch AFTV]. Though I’ve been called a Ham Roll on there or something. Is it a good thing or bad thing? I haven’t a clue, mate. But Rob Holding calls me Ham Roll now

2019 05 11 Retrieve

[Aaron Ramsey speaks after his final appearance inside the Emirates Stadium as an Arsenal player] Obviously it was very emotional. It’s been a hell of a journey, and 11 years of my life. So much has happened in that. You can tell by my voice how much it means to me. I’m just grateful to have had the opportunity to play for this great club. I came here a boy at 17 years old, and I’m really leaving a man

2019 07 15 Retrieve

[New Juventus signing Aaron Ramsey believes he has secured a dream move and insists he paid offers from other clubs no mind once he heard of the Old Lady’s interest] As soon as I knew Juve were in for me, there was no question about where I was going to go. You can’t turn down that opportunity. I’m so excited to be here and hopefully I can be a part of a new history. There were other clubs, but this is the right club for me

When I knew Juve were interested, I couldn’t refuse them. It’s a great club, one of the biggest. To have the opportunity to come here, play for them, is a dream to play at the top level. It’s a challenge for myself as well, to come here, experience a different way of life, different culture. I’ll take that in and embrace it. Hopefully it goes nicely over here. I know how hard it’s going to be, but I’ve prepared myself for that and I’m looking forward to the challenge

From what I saw last season, he had a very good season for Chelsea. He got to two finals [the EFL Cup and Europa League], won one of them, and finished in the top four. That’s not easy to do, so it was definitely a success. Hopefully, he can bring his philosophy to this team, winning and playing good football, that’s the ideal situation. Hopefully this will be something we can do, being really successful doing it

: 2019 07 25 Arsenal have completed the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos on a season-long loan deal. The Spaniard will wear the No. 8 shirt for the Gunners, the squad number previously assigned to Aaron Ramsey, who left the club to join Juventus on a free transfer

2019 08 18 Retrieve

[Aaron Ramsey said he was very proud after making his debut for Juventus in a friendly match against Triestina] I feel good. I have had a good rehab so hopefully now I can stay fit and healthy and help the team as much as I can. I am really excited to be a part of it [Italian football] and experience the Italian league. We start now on Saturday, so I am looking forward to that and playing my first competitive match. I am really looking forward to it. This was a very proud moment for me to put on this famous jersey. I am happy that I got a few minutes out there tonight. I have been working hard to get back fit and hopefully now I can stay fit. I am naturally quite good physically.

I have been working hard, and I know I haven’t had the minutes on the pitch, apart from tonight, but I feel good physically. It will take a few games to get there. I think I have had a good pre-season. We have got a new coach who has given us his own ideas. We have been adapting to that. I think the team is in good shape and hopefully now we can have a very successful season. We have been working hard on certain tactics and I think he wants to do good to the team, and we have put that into practice a few times. We are feeling quite confident

2019 09 27 Retrieve

[Former Arsenal ace Aaron Ramsey already speaking the same language as Juventus boss Sarri. n Ramsey opened his first press conference as a Bianconero this summer by speaking a few words in Italian] Thank you to everyone for being here today. I want to say how happy I am to have come to Juventus, one of the biggest clubs in the world. Sorry for my Italian; it’s not very good, but I am studying hard!

[Ramsey’s long-range strike may have been deflected but he didn’t care] I’ve waited a long time for this moment. I’m very happy

2019 10 04 Retrieve

[Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey has aired his thoughts on meeting Cristiano Ronaldo for the first time] He was just like everybody else, really welcoming. Of course, he is one of the greatest to play the game but he is just a normal man. He breaks the ice straight away and makes you feel like you are talking to anybody else. There is a family feeling about the whole club. Everybody is in it to achieve one thing: to win football matches and trophies. Everybody is driven and very focused on what they need to be doing

[He has since revealed that the Gunners did explain their reasoning behind retracting a new deal] It [was explained] in the end. There was a lot of confusion and a lot of things were up in the air. The decision was made and that was the situation, so I had to look at other options. Arsenal are going through a transitional period at the moment. They have many great players and a lot of talent coming through. They are definitely going in the right direction - but my situation now is at Juventus. I have an unbelievable opportunity at a massive club. I just want to be part of this now. Hopefully I can help my team-mates and my club achieve some great things on the big stage

2019 10 04b Retrieve

[Aaron Ramsey warned Juventus need to be wary of the threat posed by his former Arsenal team-mate Alexis Sanchez when the Italian champions face Intermilan on Sunday] Inter have improved this season. Antonio Conte has got them really organised and they have yet to drop any points. It is going to be difficult. They have some great players, including one I know very well from my time at Arsenal. We will have to be aware of him and the other players they have and be really on top of our game to get the result we want

[Ramsey indicated that he feels Juve will improve as they adapt to the methods and tactics being used by coach Maurizio Sarri, who took charge in June] It has been great so far. There have been new ideas and new information, which we are working hard to try to put into practice. At times it hasn’t worked as well as we would have liked, but in other parts it really has. We are slowly getting better in terms of what he wants to implement and understanding our roles and responsibilities more. This club has been so good and so dominant for so long. We know other teams have improved and are trying to knock us off top spot. But this place is all about winning and that is what we are striving for

2019 11 07 Retrieve

[Aaron Ramsey admits to having apologised to Juventus team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo for stealing a goal] I thought the keeper was a lot closer to me and had a chance of diving back and maybe clearing it. My instinct took over to make sure that it went over the line. I’ve apologised to Cristiano

2019 11 19 Retrieve

[Aaron Ramsey bid an emotional goodbye to fans] I have really grown up here. I am just grateful for the opportunity to play for this club for such a long time. I’ve met so many great people here, made great friends and Arsene Wenger bringing me to the club and giving me that opportunity was pretty special

To last this long, at a club like this, is something in itself. That doesn’t happen very often anymore, that’s why it’s so emotional and why the bond is so strong

I just want to say thank you very much for all the fans’ support over the years, there has been a few lows but lots of highs and the bond has been so strong because I have been here for such a long time and they have been with me through thick and thin, watching me go from a boy to man

2020 01 11 Retrieve

[Ramsey has no Arsenal regrets and is targeting ‘many titles’ with Juventus] I had some tough decisions to make but I felt that Arsene and Arsenal made a big effort to get me to join them. They took me and my family to Switzerland where he was covering the Euros at the time. I met him there and his plan and his vision of developing me into the player he saw was quite exciting to take up.

There are no regrets from my side. He has a track record of bringing through young players and turning them into great players. That was what was important for me, that I went straight into the first-team environment and was given an opportunity early on to show what I could do, even at that age. I had opportunities when I went there. I played and trained every day with the first team, so for me, it was the right decision

The situation happened at Arsenal then Juventus came in and wanted to sign me. Again, I felt really wanted by them and they made a lot of effort to try and sign me. I am really excited to have this opportunity to play for this great club. Hopefully, I can contribute to help win many titles here.

It’s a lot more technical as you have to try and break teams down. A lot of teams defend a lot deeper and you have to try and break the two blocks [defence and midfield] down. In the Premier League there’s a lot more space and the game is a bit more open. The intensity is a bit higher in the chasing back and forth. I’ve been very impressed by the standard and the league and the technical quality. I’m looking forward to hopefully having a successful season

2020 03 08
Aaron Ramsey of Juventus celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between Juventus and FC Internazionale at Allianz Stadium played behind closed doors after rules to limit the spread of Covid-19 have been put in place

2020 04 03 Retrieve

[Aaron Ramsey on Giroud] He’s a fantastic player with many qualities. I think he’s great. He can score a lot of goals, he’s very good technically and his link-up play is very good. I like to play off him. He has a good understanding of the runs that I make and I try to play off him. We’ve had a few goals where we’ve combined well together

2020 04 11 Retrieve

[Ramsey praises his superstar Juventus team-mate] Cristiano Ronaldo’s an exceptional athlete. He’s first in the gym, he goes through his whole routine first and then he’s out onto the pitches. He’s a winner, wants to win every single game, every small-sided game, whatever it is, then he’ll be out there practising his free-kicks and things like that and shooting. You don’t need me to tell you how good or driven he is, he’s unbelievable, he’s one of the greatest in the history of the game.

Juve, such a massive club, one of the biggest clubs in Europe and there were other clubs interested. But again, I just felt most wanted by them, with the history that they have, the players that they have. The last few years they’ve done really well in the Champions League and they’re knocking on the door so I want to try and help them play a part in trying to win that, the Champions League. They’re serial winners as well. They win trophy after trophy after trophy so that’s another thing that I wanted to achieve is to go somewhere and be competing every single season for two, three, four trophies

2020 04 11b Retrieve

[Aaron Ramsey says he was starstruck by Cesc Fabregas, William Gallas and Kolo Toure when he joined Arsenal] It happened so quickly at Cardiff. I played the final game of the season before and then had a pre-season, went off with first-team, we had a mad cup run where we got to the final and that was it then. It was done within the year,’ Ramsey explained

All my life I’ve been trying to achieve this thing of playing for Cardiff and then the next thing I know I’m walking into a dressing room with the likes of Fabregas, Gallas and Toure

I’m 17 years old, I’m just like, ‘What’s going on here?!’. I just felt out of place but they were really cool guys, made you feel really welcome but still you had to pinch yourself

Wenger was a massive pull. He would give youngsters opportunities, he talked me through how he saw my career path going, how he wanted to improve me and what I needed to improve on

He brought me straight into the first-team to train every day with these world-class players and he believed in me. I just felt he really wanted and felt like he made the most effort to try and secure me

[Ramsey says he just couldn’t stop the tears from ‘pouring’ down his face as he delivered his emotional farewell speech to the Emirates crowd following Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Brighton last May] I wasn’t prepared for that. I was just thinking I’m going to go out there, say my bit and I couldn’t control anything. It was just pouring out. I spent 11 years there, I grew up there, I left Cardiff at 17, I’ve been married, had kids and been through so much on and off the pitch. That club meant so much to me and always will

2020 04 18 Retrieve

[Aaron Ramsey talks about his struggle to resist the temptation of sweets while in isolation at home] My wife is a great cook and I like to eat well, so it’s a problem because there are too many cookies. I like to drink tea and now every time I make a cup of tea, I also eat a cookie. I can’t resist it

2020 05 04 Retrieve

[Aaron Ramsey admits he was looking to escape his comfort zone when walking away from Arsenal] Juventus is a massive club, one of the top teams around in the world so when they come calling for you it’s hard for you to turn them down. I was in a position where I was at a club for a very long time and I fancied a change to get out of my comfort zone to learn a new language, hopefully very slowly. Again to test myself in a different league and all the cup competitions we’re still in. We’re a top team and hopefully we can go far in many things and win many trophies and titles here

2020 05 31 Retrieve

[Juventus midfielder Ramsey backs Premier League and Serie A resumption] Across Europe now, I think it’s only right that football tries to restart. For us and the Premier League to restart is only normal, and as footballers we want to go out there and play. We miss going out there and playing, and even though it’s going to be a different situation this time, we still love the game and we’ve missed this, so we’re very excited to have it back.

It’s important now for us to try and complete the league. Hopefully everybody can stay healthy and that gets achieved, and then go into the Champions League after that maybe. Who knows? There’s so many possibilities and things that can happen from now until then, but we’ll take each week as it comes, and we’ll just be grateful to have the chance to go back out there again

2020 06 12 Retrieve

[Ramsey tells Sarri his best position and explains what it’s like to play with Ronaldo and Dybala] That’s the position I came here to play and that’s where I feel most comfortable on the pitch. I’ve said it many times over the years. That’s my position. That’s where I play the best football

[on Ronaldo] Ronaldo’s one of the best players in history and there’s no questioning his commitment to the game and to what he needs to do for himself. He’s first into the gym doing all his bits and bobs and then he wants to win every single match on the pitch. All the players do but there’s a real determination every single time. He just goes out there and produces week-in, week-out and scores so many goals. So many important goals as well. Hopefully, it can help us achieve our targets this year

[on Dybala] I can just confirm that Dybala is an unbelievable player. He’s very gifted - a team player - and some of the things he’s done in training and some of the games this season has been quite breathtaking