Aaron Ramsey: Why I joined Arsenal ahead of Man United
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey explains his decision to join the Gunners in 2008 despite interest from Manchester United
Aaron Ramsey has revealed the chance to play under Arsene Wenger was the decisive factor in his decision to pick Arsenal over Manchester United.
The Wales international was targeted by a number of the Premier League’s top clubs in 2008 after the midfielder broke into the Cardiff City first-team.
However, Ramsey opted to move to the north London side despite interest from Everton and 13-time Premier League champions United.
And the 24-year-old, who was named the club’s player of the year in 2014, lifted the lid on his decision to move to Emirates Stadium.
Ramsey told ESPN: “He [Wenger] likes to get young kids with talent and natural ability and turn them into world-class players. He’s done that on many occasions in the past — he’ll continue doing that.
“His experience, knowing how to deal with [young players] is quite remarkable. He gets his satisfaction from seeing them develop as a player — and as a person as well — and gives them information on the pitch, and opportunities to go out there, play, and express themselves.”
The Wales midfielder has scored 37 times in 225 appearances for the Gunners since his move to The Emirates in 2008.
Ramsey has won the FA Cup twice and the Community Shield during his seven-year stay at Arsenal.
The Gunners playmaker could line up against Premier League champions Chelsea in the Community Shield on Sunday.