Football - Ramsey relishing central role

Midfielder Aaron Ramsey is glad to have won over the Arsenal boo-boys as he looks to help drive the Gunners into the Champions League again next season.

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The Wales international, 22, has impressed in recent weeks as he thrives in his preferred central role at the heartbeat of Arsene Wenger's side, with England's Jack Wilshere coming back from an ankle injury.

It is a welcome run of consistency for Ramsey, who was often deployed as a utility man by Wenger in the last campaign, which saw him split opinion among supporters.

Ramsey's progress following a £5million move from Cardiff in 2008 was halted by a sickening double leg break after a challenge by Stoke's Ryan Shawcross in a Barclays Premier League game at the Britannia Stadium three years ago, which left him ruled out for nine months.

Now, though, the combative midfielder believes he is making up for lost time.

"Last season was frustrating for me. I had a bit of stick, but I was not playing in my main position and had obviously been through a lot," Ramsey said in the May edition of the official Arsenal magazine.

"I think people are starting to realise now that I am coming back, looking sharp again - and there is no better feeling than winning people over, proving you are capable of doing a good job and you are a good player.

"I am confident in myself and think I can push on to the next level now."

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