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Abou Diaby. Photo: Jon Buckle/PA Wire

Abou Diaby. Photo: Jon Buckle/PA Wire

Abou Diaby. Photo: Jon Buckle/PA Wire

MIDFIELDER Aaron Ramsey is in no doubt his best form is yet to come after agreeing a new contract extension at Arsenal.

The Wales international is currently recovering from a thigh injury and hopes to soon be back in action to boost the Gunners' Premier League title bid and push to win the FA Cup.

The 23-year-old scored 13 goals this season before his latest fitness setback and, following the announcement he had joined Santi Cazorla and promising teenager Gedion Zelalem in penning a new deal, Ramsey was relishing the challenges ahead.

"I feel like there's plenty more to come. This season, I've proven a lot of people wrong," Ramsey said.

"There was a tough time in the period after my injury, but I've got through that and I feel really confident and feel like I'm improving with every game. Hopefully now I can get back out onto that pitch as quickly as possible and show what I'm capable of doing and hopefully finish off the season in some style as well."

Ramsey was signed from Cardiff when he was a raw talent in June 2008, and has recovered from the setback of a double-leg break at Stoke in February 2010 to become an integral part of Wenger's latest generation.

DELIGHTED

The midfielder added: "I am delighted to have signed a new contract. I have been here for six years and I am so happy.

"I think we have shown so far this season what we are all about and the direction that this club wants to go in.

"I want to be a part of that, and to be a part of something special at Arsenal. We have a great team which we believe can achieve great things."

Ramsey feels he can take his game to another level under Wenger.

He continued: "I have been a lot more composed in front of goal and taking my chances, been more consistent week-in, week-out, so I would say this has been my best season so far.

"I think (to get to the next level) I need to go into the big games and to really show my authority on those games, to grab the game by the scruff of the neck and show everybody you can do it in the big games on a consistent basis. I think that will be the next step."

Meanwhile, injury-plagued Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby hopes he could be back in action before the end of the season – and has not given up on playing for France at the World Cup.

The 27-year-old suffered knee ligament damage in March 2013, and has not featured for the Gunners since.

However, Diaby – whose Arsenal career has seen a succession of setbacks starting from a fractured ankle in May 2006 – feels he is closing in on a long-awaited comeback.

PRIORITIES

"I will take stock with Arsenal medical staff early in April, but I hope to resume collective training sessions very soon," Diaby said.

"My priorities? Feeling fine and playing again before the end of the season. I don't think I will be scared to play. I trust my body. Nowadays I feel strong, but I know coming back to London I will also have some changes.

"I am watching closely my diet and recovering periods."

Diaby added: "I work hard without asking questions. I work hard because I know in the end I will play again.

Diaby feels if he can produce a strong end to the domestic season with Arsenal then that could lead to a recall for the French national team.

"The French team? I have never abandoned the idea to go to the World Cup," he said. "I have always kept that in a corner of my mind."


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