Aaron Ramsey admits he will have mixed emotions when he returns to Cardiff for the FA Cup fourth-round tie on Sunday - but the Wales midfielder is fully focused on helping Arsenal get to Wembley.
The 18-year-old came through the Bluebirds' youth ranks and was part of the team beaten by Portsmouth in last season's final before joining Arsenal in a £5million move during the summer.
"Cardiff was a big part of my life. I was there for a long time," Ramsey told Arsenal TV Online. "I came through the youth system there and went on to get into the first team, so it will be mixed emotions for me on Sunday - but I am an Arsenal player now and I want to win the game."
Ramsey added: "I had a good cup run with Cardiff, getting to the final last year, so that was a great experience for me.
"This season for Arsenal, I started the match against Plymouth in the last round and we got through, so I think the FA Cup has been good to me so far.
"Hopefully, I will get another chance to play on Sunday, show what I can do and stake my claim for a place in the team, and I can get to the final with Arsenal this year."
Striker Robin van Persie has already warned his team-mates to expect an intimidating atmosphere at the Welsh capital ground.
And Ramsey knows the Bluebirds' supporters are smong with the best.
"They are really loud and very passionate about their team so I am looking forward to going back, it will be a good atmosphere and hopefully a great game," he said.
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