Aaron Ramsey on choosing football over rugby and Arsenal over Manchester United
Written by Renzo on January 28, 2011 4:45
One of Arsenal’s most promising youngsters, midfielder Aaron Ramsey is finally back, fully recovered from the horrible injury suffered at Stoke and ready to take full advantage of his second loan spell this season.
Loaned out to Cardiff City this month, the Welshman confessed he was doing well in both rugby and football as a child and how he had to take an important decision on what sport to choose for his professional career at the tender age of eight with football his preferred option despite the interest from a number of rugby scouts.
Asked why he joined the Gunners with Manchester United and Everton both interested as well, the 20-year old revealed a meeting with Arsene Wenger was the reason why he opted for the Gunners as the Frenchman is renowned for his work with young players.
Speaking of the injury suffered at the Britannia Stadium, the midfielder admitted it was the most negative period of his career, asking questions such as whether he would ever play again as he concluded by saying how the support of the fans, family and friends helped him during the difficult recovery process.
On his early days and the injury, Ramsey said:
I started off playing rugby when I was eight and I thought I wanted to try football so I tried football and they both got in the way of each other so I made a decision at that age, chose football [and just] played rugby a few times for my school.
There were a couple of scouts watching who were interested but I was playing for Cardiff at the time and there was no way I was going to go back playing rugby.
I met Arsene Wenger and had a chat about things. His thoughts and where he wanted me to go were encouraging. He gives youngsters opportunities so I think I made the right decision.
[Last year] was a good season for me. I was playing well, enjoying my football but then the injury happened. That was a big blow for me, I’ve coped pretty well, had good support from everyone, the fans and the family.
Things start going through your mind such if you’re going to play again, if it was my last game. But I was reassured pretty quickly that it was a fixable thing so I took the positives out of it, took my mind off football for a while and then you start to miss it again and just want to get back out there again and do what you do best.