Has Aaron Ramsey got what it takes to establish himself at Arsenal next season?

It's not often that Arsene Wenger waxes lyrical about a young Arsenal player early in his career.

Jack Wilshere may have got some qualified praise from the manager who can already see what a talent he is, but it's far to say that we all know it will be 12-18 months before the prodigy starts to get a real Premiership look-in.

The same can't be said for Aaron Ramsey though.

He may only be a year older than Wilshere but, ever since I saw him make his debut at Barnet, I've thought that he is going to prove himself to be a real star next season.

“Aaron Ramsey is 17-and-a-half years old and what he’s doing at that age is that of a top-class midfielder,” said Wenger after Saturday's defeat to Juventus and it's clear that, even though he made less than 25 starts for Cardiff, Le Boss sees a big future for the young Welshman.

Think about it. Arsenal reputedly have little money to spend, yet they fly a rookie out to Switzerland to convince him his future should be at the Gunners.

If Ramsey is not considered a defensive midfielder, the club have spent a fair amount of cash on someone who has to compete with Cesc Fabregas, Abou Diaby and Denilson at the very least.

But his workrate, vision, passing and temprament suggest he has what it takes to make a real impact at Arsenal.

I wonder what Ramsey would have said if, a year ago, someone would have told him he would play aganst Juventus and Real Madrid within a year. 

Maybe it's just fighting talk, but it's good to see that he doesn't seem too humble, that he actually wants to fight to start the opening game.

He said: "My priority is to get into the starting 11 for the first game against West Brom and go from there.

"It's a massive step up from the Championship level. I found it quite tough in the first week, but now I've settled in a bit."

I for one don't doubt that Manchester United's loss will be our gain and that Ramsey will prove to be one of our best signings in years.