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Arsene Wenger tips Aaron Ramsey to become future Arsenal captain

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that Aaron Ramsey could take over the captain's armband in the future.

The Welshman is one of the longest-serving players at the Emirates having joined from Championship club Cardiff City back in the summer of 2008.

Current skipper Per Mertesacker has announced his decision to hang up his boots next summer while his deputy Laurent Koscielny celebrated his 32nd birthday earlier this month. As a result, the north London club are likely to be planning for a future leader with Ramsey among the favourites due to his previous experience captaining the Wales national side.

Prior to the West Bromwich Albion game, Wenger was asked whether Ramsey would fit into the captaincy role, to which he replied: "Why not? It is all there. He has maturity, has improved technically and is more conscious of the importance of his technical qualities. His game is clean. He has a huge physical power. The target for him will be to have 30 games."

In his peak, Ramsey has always produced standout performances for club and country, but the Welshman still has the tendency of suffering calf injuries, which are being related to the double leg-break inflicted by Ryan Shawcross back in 2010.

Nevertheless, he has had a successful career under Arsene Wenger after having scored the winning goal in the 2014 FA Cup final which ended their nine-year trophy drought. The Welshman popped up again in May this year as he netted the clincher in the 2-1 FA Cup final win over Chelsea.

Ramsey is contracted to the Gunners until the summer of 2019, and it is understood that talks are already underway over an extension as they look to avoid him from entering the final year of his deal. The likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are likely to leave the Gunners on free transfers next summer, but the club are hoping to avoid a similar instance with Ramsey in the future.