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The ex-Arsenal man has tipped the Wales midfielder to become one of the finest midfielders in the game, while revealing his confusion over Gervinho's return to form in Italy

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By Bhas Khunju

Sol Campbell has praised Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey following his breakthrough season last term and believes the midfielder will continue to get better and better.

Ramsey exploded in 2013-14 as he scored the winner in the FA Cup final, was named Arsenal Player of the Year and placed 18th in the 2014 Goal 50.

"When he first joined the club he was a very shy boy. He got a really bad injury against Stoke and that put him back a couple of years," Campbell told Goal.

"Now he has come back really strongly. He is expressing himself now and his real ability is coming out.

"There are still more levels in him. I like that now the protective shield around him has been broken. That is important to Arsenal and it is important for him to keep on showing who he really is and expressing himself in a proper way.

"That will transfer onto the pitch and ultimately that will be good for Arsenal as well as Wales."

Campbell, who won two Premier League titles with Arsenal, also discussed another Goal 50 inclusion Gervinho.

The Ivorian was one of the great comeback stories of 2013-14, starring for Roma after a miserable spell at the Emirates and finished 37th in Goal’s annual list of the 50 greatest players of the past season.

"I don't know why he struggled at Arsenal," Campbell confessed.

"Sometimes it just works out that way. You can’t put your finger on it. It baffles me because he has gone over to Italy and done unbelievably well so you do think 'what has gone on there'?

"It happens sometimes. You get players who at one club nothing goes right for them and then you transfer and it is like they are meant to be there. Some players can work it out wherever they go but for others it can vary - that's football."

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Does Ramsey deserve to be higher or lower in the 2014 Goal 50? Or is 18th the right place for him? And what about Gervinho, can he finish even higher than 37th in next year's list or is his appearance a one-off?

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