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Ramsey: These Arsenal midfielders shaped my game

Aaron Ramsey says he shaped his game on former Arsenal midfielders Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Tomas Rosicky.

The Welshman's decade-long career at Arsenal has come to an end as he prepares to join Juventus as a free agent in the summer.

Reflecting on his career, Ramsey told Arsenal's official website: "I'm obviously so grateful to the club for that opportunity and I also have to thank Arsene Wenger for giving me the platform to succeed, especially in those early days.

"In a relatively short space of time, I was able to learn so much from the boss and the world-class players that I had in the team around me.

"I would always watch them closely, especially our midfielders, and would try to take little bits from their games to make myself a more well-rounded player.

"Tomas' burst of pace, Samir's close control, Cesc's one-touch passing… I was choosing what I loved from their games and trying to add them all to mine.

"It wasn't just about watching, though, I knew that I could ask them for advice whenever I needed it and, while all the experienced players would help me, Cesc was the player who would always stand out in training sessions for me.

"He played in my position back then and the numbers of assists and goals he would get, as well as his passing ability, was just brilliant.

"Looking back at it now, I don't think you realise how big an impact other people are having on your career at the time.

"It's maybe one of those things you take for granted, something that you don't need to consider because you're flying in the first team and you only need to focus on the next game."

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