Ramsey puts Olympics ahead of Arsenal

Aaron Ramsey does not mind missing Arsenal’s tour to the Far East and in the process jeopardising his first-team chances in order to perform for Team GB at the Olympics.

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But the Wales midfielder Ramsey wouldn’t have it any other way as he will be playing this week for Stuart Pearce’s new-look Team GB squad at the London 2012 Olympic Games, where claiming silverware would cap a remarkable start to the Welshman’s career.

Despite suffering a horror broken leg in 2010 at the hands of the reckless Ryan Shawcross, Ramsey returned to action last season and established himself as first choice in both the midfields of Arsenal and Wales.

His elevation to captain of the national side at the age of just 20 saw him become the youngest ever skipper in Welsh history, while few have commanded the £5m fee Arsenal paid Cardiff for Ramsey’s services before the age of 20.

Ramsey said: “I have certainly done a lot so far in my short career, but I am delighted with how it's gone so far, apart from my injury.

“I missed about 10 months, which stalled my progress and obviously it takes a bit of time to get over that as well afterwards.

“I have been pleased with what I have done so far, but I still think there is a lot more to come from me starting at this Olympic Games, and I am working hard and wanting to learn more every day to become the best player I can possibly become.”

While Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger casts his net far and wide for midfield reinforcements this summer – Ramsey is not perturbed by being out of sight and out of mind at London 2012.

The likes of Francis Coquelin and Abou Diaby will have the chance in Malaysia to push for a starting berth in midfield in the absence of Ramsey – but according to the Welshman it’s all about the Olympics this week and not Arsenal.

He said: “It’s a once-of-a-lifetime opportunity – not at every Olympics this happens and it will be a one-off and one that will be remembered.

“I’m absolutely proud to be representing Wales as part of Team GB. There are five Welsh players here and four are in the current Welsh team, so we’re very proud to be a part of it. Hopefully we’ll have a successful competition.

“Hopefully all of the Welsh crowd will come together for this one-off occasion and they’ll get behind us and support the GB team.”

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