Ramsey keen to emulate Wilshere

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Arsenal starlet Aaron Ramsey has spoken on the injury that kept him out for action for a year, and opened the door to for Jack Wilshere to come through at the Emirates.

The 20-year-old midfielder is ready to go head-to-head with his Gunners teammate this weekend as Wales host England in a Euro 2012 qualifier, and Ramsey is hopeful he can have a big influence.

"I'm glad to be back and be part of it with Wales again. I feel like I'm back to where I was. I just want to look to the future and what I can do for the rest of the season," said the former Cardiff City loanee.

The midfielder also hinted at a friendly rivalry with Wilshere, praising the efforts of his colleague during his absence from the Barclays Premier League fold.

However, watching the 20-year-old rise to prominence has left a 'what if' in the mind of the Welshman, who was on the fast-track to success in north London before a double leg break at Stoke last February.

"Jack's done well. He went out on loan to Bolton last season and I think that's really helped him. He's put in some really good performances for Arsenal this season. There's been a bit of banter between us but I'll keep that to myself," said the player affectionately known as 'Rambo'.

"I've been off for a year and it's been very tough to watch the games. When watching Jack, I thought 'that could be me'. It was frustrating, even though I had my friends and family to help me through the tough times."


Ramsey and Wilshere provide the Gunners with a bright future, but could also be pivotal to their efforts in the league this season.

After the triple heartache of defeat in the League Cup, FA Cup and Champions League in the space of a fortnight, the title is the sole trophy option available to Arsene Wenger's side, and Ramsey believe they have a chance.

"We're still very optimistic and positive about this season. Manchester United are five points in-front and we have a game in hand. We still have to play them at home, so it's wide open."

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