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Wenger tips Ramsey for greatness

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Arsene Wenger is in no doubt that Aaron Ramsey can go on to become an Arsenal great.

The Wales Under-21 international arrived at the Emirates Stadium in a £5million deal from Cardiff during the summer, having turned down the chance to join Manchester United, and is in line to get a chance to impress as part of a young Arsenal side for Tuesday's Carling Cup clash against Sheffield United at Emirates Stadium.

"I am very, very happy with him and I believe he will be a tremendous player for Arsenal," said Wenger.

"He has already improved some areas where you want to improve when you are seventeen-and-a-half years old.

"Aaron is a serious boy, he knows what he wants, is highly committed and for me he has all that is needed to become a good player - not only a good player, but a great player for the club.

"You want to take a little bit of time, this is Arsenal, we are top of the Premier League and you want to give the players the needed development when they come in under such a pressure to perform. He can do that."

The Arsenal manager also has no doubts the likes of Ramsey, 16-year-old Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, reserve team captain Gavin Hoyte and first-year scholar Emmanuel Frimpong can make a lasting impression.

Wilshere has already made his Premier League debut - following in the footsteps of Fabregas to become the youngest player to do so in the club's history.

Wenger said: "I believe the expectations are very high and rightly so.

"What is most important at such an age is that people believe in you, we believe in him. You have to give the boys a chance and be patient with them when they don't perform how you expect them to."

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Topics:
Arsenal
Internationals
Aaron Ramsey
Kieran Gibbs
Football
Cardiff City
Manchester United
Gavin Hoyte
Sheffield United
Jack Wilshere

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