Ramsey dedicates decisive goal

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Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey dedicated his winning goal against Manchester United to all the people who helped him get back onto the pitch after a horrific broken leg - and vowed to make up for lost time next season.

The 20-year-old Wales captain spent nine months in rehabilitation after suffering a double leg fracture following a tackle by Stoke's Ryan Shawcross, and had loan spells with former club Cardiff and Nottingham Forest to help build up his match fitness.

"Scoring the goal was a special moment for me. This was worth the wait and so many people have helped me through the tough time I had," Ramsey told BBC Sport. "Hopefully this will give them the same satisfaction as it does me."

The United game was only his second Barclays Premier League start of the season for Arsenal after captain Cesc Fabregas had been ruled out with a thigh injury, but the youngster, signed from Cardiff in a £5million deal in June 2008, produced a composed display which was capped when he slotted home the winner nine minutes into the second half.

Ramsey now hopes, with his nightmare firmly behind him, that next season will prove a breakthrough campaign.


He added on BBC Sport: "After these remaining games, hopefully I can come back and have a good pre-season, and then go again next year."

Despite beating United, Arsenal's Premier League title hopes had already been all but ended following too many costly draws in a 16-match unbeaten run which came to a shuddering halt at Bolton.

The Gunners - six points behind leaders United and three adrift of second-placed Chelsea, who travel to Old Trafford next weekend - now face a battle to hold onto third place and with it automatic Champions League qualification ahead of FA Cup finalists Manchester City.

Ramsey, though, insists Arsenal are fully focused on finishing the campaign in style.

"Our target was just to win the remaining games, so we have started on that," he said. "Hopefully now we can continue this and let's see where that takes us."

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