Aaron Ramsey reveals why he rejected Manchester United for Arsenal as a teenager

Aaron Ramsey after signing for Arsenal in 2008
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Many football fans have dreamed about sitting down with Arsene Wenger or Sir Alex Ferguson and being told their future lies at their club. 

Aaron Ramsey can go one better: he had both managerial legends fighting it out to sign him from Cardiff City in the summer of 2008. Arsenal and Manchester United were both desperate to sign Ramsey, who was one of the most highly-touted youngsters in English football after breaking through at the Bluebirds and featuring in the 2008 FA Cup final, aged 17. 

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Ed McCambridge
Staff Writer

Ed is a staff writer at FourFourTwo, working across the magazine and website. A German speaker, he’s been working as a football reporter in Berlin since 2015, predominantly covering the Bundesliga and Germany's national team. Favourite FFT features include an exclusive interview with Jude Bellingham following the youngster’s move to Borussia Dortmund in 2020, a history of the Berlin Derby since the fall of the Wall and a celebration of Kevin Keegan’s playing career.