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Feb 17, 2013

Ramsey hungry for success

Aaron Ramsey says his injury nightmare is behind him and he is now ready to find the form which can help lead Arsenal to European success.

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Ramsey, 22, suffered a double leg break in a Premier League game against Stoke three years ago, an injury which led to him spending nine months in rehabilitation. Since his return the Wales international has struggled to find the form which led Arsene Wenger to spend £5 million on him in 2008, but he says he is now ready to reach his potential.

"The determination and the professionalism that you need to go through that, all the hours you have to spend in the gym, it is quite tough, but I have got through that now," Ramsey said.

"It has taken me a bit longer than I would have liked, but I am happy now where I am, and hoping to improve. It did take it out of me that injury and hopefully that will only have been a minor hiccup in the long run when I look back on my career.

"I am hungry to keep that shirt and have proven that with the way I have been playing of late. Hopefully I can keep my place in the team."

With Arsenal crashing out of the FA Cup to Blackburn on Saturday their only chance of success this season is the Champions League. They face Bayern Munich on Tuesday night in the last 16 and Ramsey is confident they are capable of overcoming the Bundesliga's runaway leaders.

He said: "Of course Bayern will be a tough game, but we are confident that on our day we can give anybody a good match. We will all have to be switched on on the night.

"We put ourselves in a good position against Barcelona (in 2011), but unfortunately did not take it into the second leg. Then, against AC Milan it was a big mountain to climb, which we nearly did at home.

"Hopefully this time we can get in another strong position in the first leg, and I am sure we will be more experienced what to do in the away leg."

Like Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson, Ramsey penned a new long-term deal at Arsenal in December, with Theo Walcott following soon after.

The Wales midfielder is part of Wenger's 'British core', which the manager hopes will become the nucleus of a successful side for the next generation.

Ramsey said: "There is a lot of quality in that group and we are only going to get stronger and get a better understanding of each other's game and get more experience as the season goes on. As long as we can stay together that can only be a good thing for the club."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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