Arsenal midfielder Ramsey confident again after horrific leg break

The 22-year-old midfielder missed over nine months of football for the Gunners after Ryan Shawcross snapped his right leg in 2010, but he says he is finally back to his old self
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has revealed he is finally enjoying his football again after recovering from the horrific leg break he suffered in a challenge with Stoke's Ryan Shawcross three years ago this month.

The pair collided while contesting the same ball on 27 February 2010, with the Potters' defender breaking the Wales midfielder's right tibia and fibula, forcing him to miss nine months of football.

But having recovered from the potentially career-threatening injury, Ramsey says he has got his confidence back and is ready to lead the Gunners on in their quest for a top-four Premier League finish this season.

"[The injury] was a really tough thing to go through and I don't wish it upon anybody," he told reporters.

"The determination and the professionalism that you need, all the hours you have to spend in the gym, it's quite tough. But I've got through that.

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"It's taken me a bit longer than I would've liked, but I'm happy now where I am, and hoping to improve and carry on this good form that I'm in."

Like other players who have suffered serious injuries in heavy collisions, Ramsey admits that regaining the confidence to play your natural game is a huge part of making a comeback, but is glad to have found it once again.

"Confidence is a massive thing and if you're struggling with that it does reflect in your performances," he continued. "But I've got that back now. I'm hungry to keep that shirt and I've proved that with the way I've been playing of late.

"There has been a good progression and hopefully I can get back to where I was. That injury did take it out of me and hopefully that will only have been a minor hiccup when I look back on my career.

"I'm getting stuck in a lot more. I'm winning a lot more balls back and reading the game better and moving the ball quicker, which suit's the way we play. I've had positive feedback from the boss."

The 22-year-old's words will soothe Arsene Wenger who saw his side crash out of the FA Cup at home to Blackburn on Saturday - and with a tricky tie against Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday, Ramsey says experience will be key.

"Hopefully, we can get into a strong position against Bayern in the home leg and we'll be more experienced."