Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta says Aaron Ramsey reminds him of Cesc Fàbregas

Gunners skipper sees more to come from the new Welsh wizard

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Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta has lauded his Welsh teammate Aaron Ramsey and likened him to former Gunners star Cesc Fàbregas.

The 23-year-old came to his team's rescue yet again with a late strike to defeat manager-less Crystal Palace on the opening day of the Premier League season.

Ramsey came of age last year, scoring the winner in a 3-2 FA Cup final victory over Hull City, as pundits and supporters alike praised him at every turn.

"Aaron's on fire," Arteta told reporters at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. "A player like this coming from midfield to score that many goals gives you something extra.

"He reminds me a bit of Fàbregas when he was here. At his best, Fàbregas was coming off the front, making the final ball and scoring very important goals.

"I think he will get better with experience and confidence. People fear him now because they know he can create things and that gives you an extra yard, which is very important.

"He showed great character as people used to be against him. The manager backed him big time. We don't have someone to score 30 or 40 goals so players who can score from the middle is very important."

Ramsey hit the back of the net on sixteen occasions last season and, after getting off the mark against Palace, looks set to enjoy another prosperous season with the North Londoners.