Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey has revealed in an interview with Sky Sports what factor influenced him to join the Gunners over Manchester United.
At the age of seventeen, Ramsey had already established himself as a key figure at Cardiff City, it was simply no surprise when two of England’s biggest clubs came calling in 2008.
Having grown up as a boy who had some affection for United, one would presume when, after Sir Alex Ferguson enquired into the availability of the Welshman there would only be only one viable choice for Ramsey.
However, the Euro 2016 star outlined why this was far from the case.
“I went up there to see the facilities [at Arsenal] and I went to see Arsene Wenger,” Ramsey said.
“He did a lot to try and get me to this club. As a 17-year-old, flying out on a private jet to his hotel (in Switzerland for Euro 2008) was surreal but I think I made the right decision.
“I just felt a bit more wanted by Arsenal and by the boss.”
Ramsey did come quite near to joining the Red Devils, to such an extent that the club actually announced the signing of the then teenager on their official website.
Alas, it was Arsenal who triumped in what was quite a heated race, eventually landing the acquisition of Ramsey for £4.8 million.
Now ahead of the weekend’s fixtures, Arsenal face up against Manchester United yet again in what will be a gargantuan encounter, and Ramsey fondly remembers watching two players battle in particular.
“[Roy] Keane and [Patrick] Vieira, they would just be at each other from the first minute to the last.
“It was like they hated each other and they wanted to go out and be physical and smash into each other.
“But they were really exciting games and things like the incidents in the tunnel would (as a kid) get you massively pumped for them.”
Arsenal fans can be glad that it was the Gunners that Ramsey chose, and will be hoping that the influential midfielder will have an instrumental role in helping the London outfit challenge for the Premier League title this season.
Callum Connolly, Pundit Arena.