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Superb Ramsey stakes claim for Arsenal starting place

PUBLISHED: 13:17 16 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:31 07 September 2010

Aaron Ramsey is knocking on the door for a starting berth against Everton tomorrow after a sensational midweek performance for Wales Under-21s, writes Jem Maidment. The young Arsenal star dominated the midfield, scoring a stunning 30-yard goal, in the 2-2

Aaron Ramsey is knocking on the door for a starting berth against Everton tomorrow after a sensational midweek performance for Wales Under-21s, writes Jem Maidment.

The young Arsenal star dominated the midfield, scoring a stunning 30-yard goal, in the 2-2 draw with England at Villa Park on Tuesday night.

England went through to next summer's Euro Under-21 finals, but it was Ramsey who caught the eye.

His manager Brian Flynn said: "Aaron is a fantastic player who is definitely progressing in the right direction.

"His passing is sublime and his finish for the goal was sensational."

Former Arsenal striker John Hartson went one better: "I'll say it now," he said. "I know he is young but he is already world-class. That is how highly I rate the lad, he was amazing."

Meanwhile, defender Bacary Sagna is a major doubt for the visit of David Moyes's Toffees to The Emirates.

He was ruled out of France's 3-1 friendly win over Tunisia on Tuesday night and flew straight back to London Colney for treatment.

It could pose a big defensive problem for Arsene Wenger with William Gallas and Johan Djourou both having treatment.

The agent of another injury-struck Gunner, Tomas Rosicky, has played down rumours he is suffering from serious health problems.

Reports in the Czech Republic suggested Rosicky, who has been out since January, was rushed to hospital in London complaining of headaches and sudden sickness.

But Pavel Paska told Denik Sport: "What appeared in the press about Tomas being hospitalised is complete nonsense.

"Tomas, as part of his recovery scheme, visits the hospital for various therapies and the same happened last time.

"A sudden setback in his health or some headaches, as I have read about somewhere, have not happened to Tomas.

"Everything is going according to the plan. Tomas's first comeback was rash, now we are treating the situation more carefully. The recovery will be long-term. The team of specialists that cares for Tomas, has been enlarged by another specialist which means the player will be cared for at the best level.

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