Ramsey clears Shawcross' name

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Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey accepts that Stoke's Ryan Shawcross did not intend to break his leg.

Gunners midfielder feels Potters centre-half never intended to hurt him

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey accepts that Stoke City's Ryan Shawcross did not intend to break his leg. However, the Gunners starlet feels the Potters defender did want to 'take him out' and could have avoided the horror challenge which fractured his tibia and fibula. The Wales international saw his campaign prematurely ended by Shawcross during Arsenal's 3-1 victory at Britannia Stadium on 27th February. Almost two years to the day after Eduardo suffered a similarly horrific injury while on Premier League duty at Birmingham, the incident has inevitably been dissected in minute detail. There are still those who feel Shawcross set out to cause Ramsey harm, but the 19-year-old midfielder feels there was no malice in the tackle. "I remember everything, but you just have to get on with things and that is what I am doing at the moment," Ramsey told Arsenal's official matchday programme as he sets out on the long road to recovery.

Caught out

"I don't believe he wanted to break my leg, but I think he wanted to go through the ball and me - to take me out and make sure I felt the tackle. "He was caught out of position a little, but he could definitely have changed his mind before making the tackle, realising that he was not going to get there and so not committing. "If I was tackling and saw there was not a chance of getting to the ball cleanly, I would not make the tackle - and I don't think there was a chance of him getting there." While Ramsey will play no further part in Arsenal's title tilt this season, he is hoping his team-mates can land the crown without him and bring to an end a five-year wait for major silverware. "Obviously I am very disappointed not to be out there on the pitch, but I still feel a part of things and believe I have contributed over the season," he added. "I want to win the title as much as my team-mates do and hopefully they can achieve that for all of us."

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