Aaron Ramsey potential to be 'one of best' excites Freddie Ljungberg

Aaron Ramsey
Aaron Ramsey was won 33 caps for Wales and scored nine goals

Aaron Ramsey has the potential to become one of the best players in the Premier League, according to former Arsenal winger Freddie Ljungberg.

The Wales midfielder, 24, enjoyed a breakthrough season at Arsenal in 2013-14, scoring 18 goals in 38 appearances.

Although not quite hitting the same heights this campaign, Ramsey has still contributed nine goals so far

"I rate him very highly; last season he had an amazing season," said Ljungberg, who played for Arsenal from 1998-2007.

"Unfortunately he has some problems sometimes with injuries, but I think that's something they can fix.

"At the beginning of his Arsenal career it didn't go so great, but for me that shows he has great mental strength to keep on going.

"Then to explode like he did last season was unbelievable and no one was more happy than I was for that, and I think he has the potential to be a top, top, top player.

"He is already but to keep going from season to season."

Ljungberg, who scored 72 goals in 328 games for Arsenal and represented Sweden 75 times, struggled with injuries during the tail-end of his Gunners career and sympathises with Ramsey's own problems.

Freddie Ljungberg
Freddie Ljungberg was a key part of the Arsenal side for almost a decade

Ramsey suffered a broken leg in February 2010 after a challenge by Stoke's Ryan Shawcross, which put the Welshman out of the game for almost a year.

"I know his history extremely well; he was young when he broke his leg that hampered him for almost a year," Ljungberg said.

"And if you think about it he lost a year of his [football] education and he's still at the level he is, he's going to get better and better.

"If Arsenal develop as a team and we can start winning the Premiership again then it's easier, but as a player he's one of the leaders in the team already and I think he'll develop into one of the best players in the Premiership.

"That's what I would almost demand at Arsenal. If you want to play at Arsenal you need to be top, top, you need precision.

"But he showed last season and this season what a great player he is and he should be there."

Ljungberg, who also played for clubs including West Ham United and Celtic, is now concentrating on getting his coaching badges as he eyes a role in management.

The 37-year-old has opted to take his badges with the Football Association of Wales, a path recommended by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and trodden by other Gunner greats including Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Jens Lehman and Sol Campbell.

"I'm here with Osian [Roberts, the Wales assistant coach] and we're finalising my 'B' licence and I'm preparing for the 'A' licence," Ljungberg added.

"He's been great teaching me and leading me through it, so it's worked well.

"I spoke to him about how he does it and it was a good approach I thought, and as well I was also actually advised by Arsene that was a good way of doing it."

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