Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has shared his thoughts on the future of Aaron Ramsey, who will be leaving at the end of the season.
After months of speculation, Italian champions Juventus announced today that the Wales international would join them on a free transfer at the end of the season – with a reported wage of a staggering £400k-a-week.
It means that Ramsey, after 11 seasons in north London, joins a growing list of Arsenal stars who leave the club for either a minimal fee or for nothing, leading to further concern regarding the Gunners’ approach behind the scenes.
Scorer of two FA Cup-winning goals, Ramsey will certainly be deemed as a legend during the Emirates Stadium era and his departure this summer, although expected, will leave a huge void in the squad for Unai Emery to fill.
Wright, second in Arsenal’s all-time leading scorer chart, had his say on the situation on Monday after the news was announced and summed up exactly how fans of the Gunners will be feeling.
“Ramsey is just another player who got into a situation where he could run the contract down and when you consider the contracts that have been given out to Aaron Ramsey, they just couldn’t afford to keep Aaron Ramsey to keep him alongside the players they’ve got with the contracts that they’re on,” he said to BBC Radio 5 Live.
“So unfortunately we lose him and, you know, he’s been magnificent. Maybe he was never really appreciated at Arsenal.
“I think what people will see now is when you watch how he plays and the professionalism, he’s one of those players that, no matter how poorly Arsenal were playing, he never hid.
“Never hid, always showed for the ball, got loads of stick from loads of people but continued to try to make things happen in the way he sees fit and the way he plays football.
“The fact is we’re losing a great player.”
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