Ramsey and Wilshere poised for friendly fire

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Arsenal youngsters Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey are set to go head-to-head this weekend, with the pair squaring off in the Euro 2012 qualifier between Wales and England.

The Gunners pair are seen as two of the brightest prospects in the Barclays Premier League, and while Wilshere has come to the fore at the Emirates, Ramsey has made an impressive recovery from injury and shined during a second loan spell with Cardiff City earlier in the year.

"It is going to be a fascinating battle between two of the best young prospects in the game, players who both have the ability to change the course of a match," Bluebirds boss Dave Jones told The Sun.

"Arsene Wenger must be sitting at home barely able to believe his luck that he has two kids that good.

"They will be stalwarts for Arsenal and for their national teams over the next decade or more and seeing them on opposite sides in such as big game is a mouth-watering prospect."

Ramsey enjoyed a successful second stint at the Cardiff City stadium, and Jones believes his recovery from the leg break caused in a challenge with Ryan Shawcross at Stoke City has been nothing short of remarkable.

"The difference in his strength and maturity - both on and off the pitch - was amazing," the former Southampton boss continued.

"It really was a case of someone leaving as a boy and returning as a man.


"I was a bit concerned about what that awful injury might do to him, mentally more than anything. But I needn't have worried."

Jones stopped short of suggesting the clash between Wilshere and Ramsey will decide the winner of the Group F clash at the Millennium Stadium, although it could be a defining part of the match.

"It is too simplistic to say the result of Saturday's match will be decided by the Ramsey-Wilshere battle - but it is a heck of a fight within a fight."

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