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Ramsey eyes Arsenal captaincy

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Aaron Ramsey says selling Thomas Vermaelen would be a 'big loss' for Arsenal © Getty Images
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Aaron Ramsey wants to become Arsenal's next captain if Thomas Vermaelen ends his 'frustrating' time at the club and leaves.

Manager Arsene Wenger has admitted it would be difficult to keep Vermaelen at the Emirates and gave a strong indication that Manchester United were one of several clubs in the hunt for the centre-back.

Vermaelen lost his place in the first team last season as Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker formed a strong partnership at the heart of the Arsenal defence. If Vermaelen is sold, Mikel Arteta is in the frame to be made permanent skipper as the Spaniard is currently the club's vice-captain.

Ramsey, though, says if Wenger asked him to wear the armband for the FA Cup winners he would have no hesitation in accepting.

"To captain a club like Arsenal would be an amazing achievement," said Ramsey, who was captain of his nation Wales between March 2011 and October 2012.

"I'm probably like the rest of the players as I wouldn't turn down the chance of being that."

Ramsey added that Vermaelen would be a "big loss" for Arsenal if he exits the club this summer.

"He's a fantastic player and he's a good friend of mine also. Obviously if it does happen it would be a big loss to us.

"He's a top, top player, but also he's been a bit frustrated over the last year especially where he hasn't had the minutes he would have wanted. You can probably understand his frustrations. But if that was to happen it would be a big loss to us."

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