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Ramsey signs new Arsenal contract

sports Updated: Jun 01, 2010 20:32 IST

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Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey was handed a boost in his recovery from a broken leg as the teenager signed a new long-term contract on Tuesday.

Ramsey has been sidelined since suffering fractures to the tibia and fibula in his right leg in a challenge with Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross at the Britannia Stadium in February.

The 19-year-old Wales international, who joined Arsenal from Cardiff in 2008, had begun to establish himself in Arsene Wenger's midfield before the horrific injury and is determined to regain his place when he recovers.

"I'm very happy here at Arsenal, it's a great club and I've learned a lot since I've been here," Ramsey said.

"Every player wants to play in a team where they can play football and I feel that this is the way it should be played, so that's one of the reasons I signed a new contract."

Arsenal did not reveal the length of Ramsey's new deal but a statement on the club's website confirmed: "Arsenal Football Club is delighted to announce Welsh international Aaron Ramsey has committed his future to the Club by signing a new long-term contract."

Ramsey scored his first league goal for Arsenal in a 4-1 win over Portsmouth in August and also claimed his first international strike in a 2-0 win over Liechtenstein in October.

His fine form was halted by the injury, which is expected back to keep him out until early next year, and he admitted it had been a major set-back.

"I was feeling very good," he said. "I thought I was just starting to play more games back to back so it was probably my best little spell I've had so far - and then the injury had to happen.

"It was very frustrating. But there was nothing I could do about it.

"The way I think about it is that it has happened now and there is nothing I can do about it so this is my challenge now, to get back. That is what I am concentrating on.

"I think I can still develop my game a lot, and I'm in the right place to do that with the support of the manager and also a squad of very talented players."