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Arsenal beat Man Utd to sign in-demand midfielder

It seems that once again the personal touch of Arsene Wenger has helped Arsenal beat their Premier League rivals to land an exciting teenage talent following Cardiff City's announcement that star midfielder Aaron Ramsey has chosen the Gunners ahead of Manchester United and Everton.

According to Cardiff, Arsenal will pay £5 million to take Ramsey to north London, but while Manure were offering to loan the player back to Cardiff, Arsenal will thrust him straight into the first team squad, possibly as a long-term replacement for the vacant Mathieu Flamini defensive midfield role.

Ramsey is undoubtedly one of the rising stars in British football. He became the youngest player to pull on a Cardiff first team shirt when he has just 16 and now aged 17 he has also been called into the Welsh national squad.

It was thought that with Welsh hero Ryan Giggs being at Man United that Ramsey would be at Old Trafford next season, but once again Le Gaffer's intervention looks to have prevented that...

At Everton, Ramsey met David Moyes for a chat, while United relied on skipper Gary Neville to give the teenager a guided tour around the Manc's Carrington training complex, with Alex Ferguson thinking it sufficient to talk to the lad over the phone.

Indeed, United were so sure of the deal that they announced on their website that they had agreed terms with Cardiff.

However, in stepped Wenger and Ramsey found himself on a private jet being flown out to Euro 2008 in Switzerland to meet Le Boss who told him exactly what his plans were for the youngster and what would be expected of him at Arsenal.

Job done.

Unlike United, Arsenal are yet to make an official statement, but Cardiff City said, "Cardiff City were informed on Friday morning that Aaron Ramsey's preferred destination this summer is the Emirates Stadium with Arsenal.

"We will now continue the dialogue with the Gunners with a view to Aaron's move being completed. The move, unlike other options, does not include a loan back period at Ninian Park for the 2008/09 season. We would like to wish Aaron every success in the top-flight."

The deal is expected to be completed tomorrow and once again proves Wenger's worth as a manager. Last summer Le Prof was ahead of several Premier League clubs when he landed Norwegian defender Havard Nordtveit by simply being the only manager who took the time to fly to Norway to meet the kid.

Hopefully we'll see a few more signings for the Gunners over the coming days.

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Posted by Gordon Masson on June 10, 2008 10:02 AM in Transfers
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