They are two men with similar traits of clever vision and gentle composure when playing football. And the injured Cesc Fabregas is convinced 18-year-old teammate Aaron Ramsey has the capability to deputize him in his lengthy absence.
Ramsey’s on-pitch movement resembles that of Arsenal’s skipper, and the Welsh youngster has shown more than glimpses of that caliber when handed starts.
Fabregas has now heaped praise on Arsenal’s summer signing from Cardiff and acknowledged his performance against Plymouth recently.
“I thought Aaron did well in the last round of the [FA] cup against Plymouth. He is a very, very good player and I’m sure he will be getting more chances over the next few weeks because of my injury.
“He will get the opportunities and it’s up to him to make the most of them. He’s a very dedicated guy, you can see that in the way he trains and plays. He always gives his best, always gives 100 per cent, so I’m sure he will do really well because he really loves football.
Arsenal’s wounded captain also expressed hopes of seeing Ramsey maintain his key role in the club’s FA Cup tilt – especially in the next round at home club Cardiff City.
Cesc said, “I’m sure he was pleased with the draw for the fourth round, to go back to his old team Cardiff. It will be good to see that, he will be really up for it.
“I know all the players will be up for it too because the FA Cup is a big target for us this year, as it is every season. We would love to get to the final this season and play at Wembley.”
Ramsey can provide a more clinical and mobile structure from midfield – with his notable threat from free-kicks – and that, aided by some needed experience soon will undoubtedly take the Welshman to similar or even higher heights than his Spanish colleague.