Monday, 18th August, 2014

Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta believes Aaron Ramsey can emulate the success of Cesc Fabregas at the club.

Ramsey, who netted 16 times in all competitions last season, scored a vital last-gasp winner against Crystal Palace at the weekend to give his side the full three points in their Premier League opener.

And Arteta feels the Welshman’s goals from midfield will come in handy for Arsenal as his side do not have a prolific goalscorer in their ranks.

The Spaniard also added that Ramsey reminds him of his compatriot Fabregas, who scored 56 goals in 298 matches for the Gunners during his eight-year stay at the north London team.

“Aaron is on fire. When you have a player like that coming from midfield to score that many goals, it gives you something extra”, Arteta told the club’s official site.  


“We don’t really have a 30 or 40-goal player at the moment so to have players who can score from the middle of the park is very important.

“He reminds me a little bit of Fabregas when he was here. At his best, he was coming off the front, making the final ball and scoring very important goals.

“I think his confidence is really high at the moment, physically he can do whatever he wants and technically he is in a very good state so he is one of the most important players in the team.

“I think he will get better with experience, with knowledge and confidence. People have a fear now with him because they know he can create things and that gives you an extra yard, which is very important.

“He has shown in the past two seasons how much he is able to improve so I think he can do even more.”

Ramsey, who has a further four years left on his present contract with Arsenal, has thus far amassed 185 appearances in all competitions for the club, netting 28 times.

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