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Arsenal hero Ramsey stars in Goal 50

Arsenal hero Ramsey stars in Goal 50

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The Gunners midfielder has earned his place in our showcase of the 50 top players on the planet on Monday - but which stars from the English top flight will join him?

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey will be named as one of the Premier League's top representatives in this year's Goal 50 after a memorable season at the Emirates Stadium.

The Welsh star enjoyed a remarkable coming-of-age campaign in north London, putting a sometimes troubled return from a broken leg suffered in 2010 behind him by scoring 10 goals in just 23 league matches.

Ramsey's performances in Europe were arguably even more impressive than those he delivered in the league, with a vital winner against Borussia Dortmund perhaps the pick of his five strikes in eight Champions League games.

Injury hit again during the second half of the season but Ramsey returned to score the goal that ended Arsenal’s nine-year trophy drought in extra time of the FA Cup final against Hull City.

The 23-year-old’s inspirational central midfield displays will have been at the forefront of Arsene Wenger’s mind when the Gunners manager decided against bringing Cesc Fabregas back to the club.

Ramsey was shortlisted for the PFA Young Player of the Year award and was named Arsenal fans’ Player of the Season with 58 per cent of the vote.

The transformation in the former Cardiff player's game has been quite astonishing after a 2012-13 season in which he was often the subject of criticism as the Gunners endured another trophyless year.

Wenger has recently revealed that he took extreme measures to protect Ramsey's confidence. "He went through a bad patch, and I couldn't play him any more at the Emirates Stadium," he told Arsenal's official website.

"I sat down with Aaron and I told him, 'I don't think people don't like you, but they don't like your game at the moment'. It was in his hands to change that.

"He had to come back to a more simple game. When you go through a bad patch in life you always go back to the basics. In football you slowly get confidence back and then you play naturally again.

"You have to get back to basics to gain confidence. Aaron accepted that, he did it and he gained confidence again.

"Then you saw a different player, because he is intelligent, and when I came out of the meeting I knew this guy would come back. Aaron listened and he realised he had to change his game. That's why he came back."

To find out where Ramsey placed, check out the full Goal 50 list for 2014 when it is revealed at 13:30 BST on Monday.

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