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Aaron Ramsey - A Player Reborn?

It was a tackle which many football fans will still remember. It was a rather nippy February night at the Brittannia Stadium and Arsenal were the visitors. As Shawcross took an awkward touch, Ramsey gathered the ball well before being chopped down by the on-rushing Stoke defender.

Aaron Ramsey

The tackle still stands as one of the worst incidents of foul play that the Premier League has seen in recent years, and Arsenal fans will certainly know a thing or two about tough tackles. Only two years previous to Ramsey's leg break, former Gunner Eduardo had been the victim of a similar challenge away at Birmingham.

Few believed Ramsey would recover. Prior to the incident, pundits had been calling Ramsey a 'world class player', 'a special talent' considered to be on an even better path than fellow Welshman Gareth Bale. Subject to the world's most expensive transfer, Bale is now playing for Spanish giants Real Madrid alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Iker Casillas. But what about Aaron Ramsey?

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Despite being out of the game for a number of months, he started his footballing recovery with loans spells at Nottingham Forest and Cardiff. With youth on his side at least, Ramsey had time to progress. Arsenal manager Arsene Wegner told the Daily Mail of his decision to allow the Welsh international to return to his former club, 'I just look for competition for him'.

His loan spells were designed to improve much needed game fitness, to recooperate that thirst for football. Is it fair to say the leg-break effected Ramsey's confidence? Certainly.

'It was a really tough thing to go through and I don't wish it upon anybody,' said Ramsey.

'The determination and the professionalism that you need, all the hours you have to spend in the gym, it's quite tough. But I;ve got through that. It's taken me a bit longer than I would've liked, but I'm happy now where I am, and hoping to improve and carry on this good form that I'm in.' This is what Ramsey told the Mail this year, in February.

The good form that he speaks of has certainly been maintained as his excellent start to the 2013/2014 Premier League season has inspired pundits to once again refer to the young Welshman as a 'special talent'. Is it too soon to consider Ramsey as back on the same trajectory as Bale? Perhaps, though his goal scoring feats for Arsenal have not gone unnoticed.

In 2012, Arsene Wegner was reported to say 'Once Aaron Ramsey starts scoring, he won't stop'. And based on Ramsey's current goal scoring form, it would be hard to argue against Wegner's claim. Currently 6th in the top goalscorers in the Premier League this season, Ramsey is just 2 goals behind leading City striker, Sergio Aguero.

Goals in the champions league against Marseille and more recently away at Borussia Dortmund have propelled Ramsey into the spotlight as one of Arsenal's best in-form players. Despite the £45 million signing of German international Mesut Ozil, Gunner's fans have been far more impressed with Ramsey's incredible turnaround as he continues to plough in the goals.

In an interview with Arsenal Fan TV, one excited Gooner said 'Aaron Ramsey is the best player in Europe'. Are we to believe Ramsey is as good as Messi, Ronaldo or Ibrahimovic? I don't think so. But his fine form cannot be disputed and if the goals keep on coming, it would be fair to say Ramsey is certainly one of the best midfielders currently playing in the English Premier League.

Maybe Wegner has called it just about right. The man that Arsenal fans were demanding leave the club only a few months ago seems to have been rewarded for his continued trust in the Welshman. If he keeps the goalscoring up, soon we'll all be calling him the British Messi.

As a United fan, I feel that's more than enough praise I can give an Arsenal player for one day.