When the 2017/18 ended, it was clear that Arsenal had a lot of issues to deal with before the next season started.
One of them was to prevent a contract situation like the ones that Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez had from reappearing. But, despite the best efforts of the club, there may be a repeat of that situation with Aaron Ramsey.
The Gunners have to make a decision sooner rather than later so as to ensure that the club is in a stable situation. They only have two options at this point as they can either try and extend his contract or sell him.
If they choose the latter option with Ramsey, Arsenal will have to be quick in getting a replacement for him. The signs that are coming from the club indicate that they are looking at extending his deal and that is good news for the club as well as the fans.
New manager Unai Emery was asked about the midfielder and he had a lot to say about Ramsey. It was clear to see the esteem in which Emery held the Welshman. He said:
‘I’m very happy with him. For me, every day, every training session, he has the ambition I want. He’s working with a quality, the type of ability that I want. I want to work with him.’
This does not sound like Ramsey is being forced out of the club as it is clear that Emery wants to use him in the squad. He only has a year left on his contract so the powers that be have to be quick in their decision making. The manager himself mentioned this as he said:
“This is one question for the player and for the club,” he said. “In my opinion, I’ve said to Ivan [Gazidis], Raul [Sanllehi] and Sven [Mislintat] that I think he’s an important player for me.”
Though he may have some critics of his own, Ramsey remains one of the most important players in the Arsenal team. He has played a pivotal role in Arsenal ending their trophy drought so he has already left his mark at the club. If he does extend his contract, he will go some way in cementing his legacy at the club.
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