Aaron Ramsey: Arsenal fans attacked after Juventus deal – ‘They haven’t appreciated him’


This evening, Juventus announced they had seen off competition from Europe’s top clubs to capture Ramsey, who was in the final year of his Arsenal contract.

Arsenal withdrew a contract offer in September which all but sealed Ramsey’s exit.

And the Wales star’s preferred destination was Juventus, where he will now earn around £400,000 per week, which will make him the highest-paid British player of all time.

In his near 11 years at the Emirates, Ramsey has made over 350 appearances in all competitions and scored 61 goals.

He scored winning goals in two FA Cup finals and in February 2008, Ramsey broke his leg after a tackle from Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross.

At times, Ramsey has come in for criticism from Arsenal fans over his performances.

But for Wales, he is a beloved figure.

And former Wales international, Iwan Roberts, believes Arsenal fans haven’t appreciated Ramsey enough.

“They haven’t appreciated him from the first day he walked through the door,” he told the BBC.

“We [in Wales] would rather see him go to Juventus. He could do with a fresh start.”

While Ramsey’s former Wales team-mate Danny Gabbidon has backed the midfielder to add extra quality to Juventus.

“If you look at Juventus and the make-up of their midfield, he will bring something that they don’t have,” says Gabbidon.

“They have Emre Can, Sami Khedira, Miralem Pjanic, Blaise Matuidi – none of those are players who get in the box and have that goalscoring threat, so I’m sure that’s why Juve have identified him.

“Juve are dominant so if he goes there he’s going to be winning league titles, but Serie A is becoming more competitive with Napoli and Inter Milan competing again.”

In a statement on the club’s website, Arsenal hailed his contribution to the club.

Arsenal said: “Everyone at Arsenal Football Club wishes Aaron Ramsey a happy and successful future. Aaron’s made a fantastic contribution to our club since joining from Cardiff City in 2008.

“He has always been a consummate professional and will always have a special place in the hearts and memories of Arsenal fans around the world.

“We look forward to Aaron helping the team to a strong end to this season before he joins Juventus in the summer.”

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