As speculation continues to mount surrounding the futures of a number of Arsenal stars, one player fully focused on cementing his place in the Gunners line-up next season is Aaron Ramsey, who says the time is now for him to finally make his mark in Arsene Wenger's first team.
After returning from the horror leg break that put the promising Welsh international captain's career on hold, Ramsey worked his way back to fitness through a series of loan spells away from the club.
The 20-year-old patiently bided his time before making his comeback in Wenger's side towards the end of last season, and began to show signs he was getting back to his best with a match-winning performance against Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in May.
Now Ramsey wants to build on those impressive performances that justified his billing as one of the most promising prospects in the Barclays Premier League, by establishing himself as a first-team regular for the Gunners in 2011-12.
"Absolutely, that is what I want to do," he told Arsenal.com. "It's an opportunity for me now and one that I'm looking forward to.
"I'm going to give it everything to start the season and hopefully stay in the team. I want to be a starter so, if given the opportunity, I will give my best to keep the shirt.
"At the end of last season I was just getting back into the swing of things, I put in a couple of good performances so hopefully now I can have a good pre-season and produce those types of performances week-in, week-out."
Arsenal kick off their pre-season tour of Asia with their first friendly game against a Malaysian XI taking place today in Kuala Lumpur. A match review will be available on GiveMeFootball later this afternoon.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms