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Wales star Aaron Ramsey hoping for FA Cup Final repeat

Wales star Aaron Ramsey is hoping history will repeat itself, when his club Arsenal face Aston Villa in the FA Cup final this afternoon.

The 24-year-old midfielder scored the winning goal in extra time at Wembley last season, in a dramatic 3-2 victory over Hull City.

Ramsey was the hero as Arsenal came from two goals down to beat Hull last year. Credit: PA

"To win in extra-time was amazing", Ramsey said. "To score a winner in the FA Cup final, it's everybody's dream and I managed to live it."

To finally win something after all those years and the pressure that has been put on this club was such a nice feeling of relief to finally win something.It's so important to have that hunger and determination to go out and prove that you're worthy winners.

It's not going to be an easy game, we're going to have to be aware of that, but all the lads are even more hungry to win something this time around. We want that feeling that we had last year and we want to go on and win more things.

– Aaron Ramsey

The Welsh midfielder has also been linked this week with a £50m transfer to Spanish giants, and Champions League finalists, Barcelona.

He said: "that's just something that's been written in the papers. I'm focused on Arsenal and winning the FA Cup. That sort of news doesn't affect me or even enter my mind."

Coleman on fence in Ramsey debate

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Wales manager Chris Coleman says he can see the debate from both sides when it comes to Aaron Ramsey filling a wide role or central midfield position for FA Cup finalists Arsenal.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has played Wales star Ramsey in wider positions this year, with the player himself publicly declaring he prefers to occupy the middle ground.

And while Coleman claims he would not consider Ramsey as a winger in Wales colours unless circumstances dictated otherwise, he also understands Wenger's position.

In my opinion, he does all his best work for Wales in the centre.

Offensively, he starts in the centre, but he is a player who goes everywhere. He can end up wide. But it is different when you haven't got the ball. As a wide player, the job is different.

Yes, I can understand his (Ramsey's) frustrations, but I can also understand why Wenger may play him out there.

If you look at his physical statistics, he does the most high-intensity running because his engine is incredible.

So he can do the miles, he can get forward and back, so I can see why Wenger has maybe done that.

I can see it from both sides. But for us, I wouldn't (play him wide) unless I really absolutely had to."

– Chris Coleman, Wales Manager


Coleman to announce squad to face Belgium

Wales manager Chris Coleman Credit: PA

Wales Team manager Chris Coleman will announce his squad later for next month's crucial World Cup qualifier against Belgium.

But some of the attention will likely to be focused on Gareth Bale's form for Real Madrid going into the game.

The striker recently faced criticism from Real Madrid fans after the team's Champions League exit.

FT: Newport County 0-1 Oxford United

Newport County finished their season with a 1-0 defeat at home against Oxford United.

It was Jimmy Dack's final game as caretaker manager, before Terry Butcher takes over.

Mike Flynn was sent off for Newport, as Kemar Roofe scored the visitors' goal at Rodney Parade.

The result means Newport County finish the season ninth in League Two.

FT: Swansea City 2-0 Stoke City

Swansea City beat Stoke City 2-0 to move closer to their best-ever Premier League finish.

Garry Monk's side secured a hard-fought victory, with two goals in the last 15 minutes at the Liberty Stadium.

Jefferson Montero headed his first goal for Swansea against Stoke. Credit: PA

Winger Jefferson Montero and midfielder Ki Sung-yueng scored, while Marc Wilson was sent off for the visitors.

The result means Swansea are eighth in the league, six points ahead of both West Ham and Stoke, with three games of the season remaining.


Merthyr Town on the rise again after promotion

Merthyr Town FC will next season return to the same level the club were at before they went out of business five years ago.

The Martyrs won the Southern League South and West Division with games to spare, and after the final game of the season on Saturday, got a chance to lift their silverware.

They beat Stratford Town 3-1, to move past 100 points for the season, and are now looking forward to life in the Southern League Premier Division, the seventh tier of English football.

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