Arsenal news: Wright names who to blame for likely Aaron Ramsey exit | Football | Sport



That’s the belief of Gunners icon and pundit Ian Wright.

Ramsey appears set to leave Arsenal in a transfer this January or on a free next summer after the club withdrew their offer of a new contract.

It had looked likely the north London club would eventually agree a new deal with the Wales international with a four-year extension in the pipeline.

But that deal has now collapsed despite manager Unai Emery having made the 27-year-old – Arsenal’s longest-serving player having been at the club a decade – an integral member of his new-look team.

Financial issues have been proposed as one possible explanation for the deal’s sudden breakdown with Ramsey likely able to collect higher wages elsewhere despite having been keen to stay.

It is even said that Ramsey wanted a large pay rise in lieu of the £350,000-a-week deal handed to Mesut Ozil back in February after the play-maker long delayed putting pen-to-paper.

And Wright is disappointed the situation has got to this and thinks Gazidis – who left his post at the Emirates Stadium to begin a new role with AC Milan in October – deserves criticism.

“That Ozil situation has had a massive effect on what’s going on right now because Aaron Ramsey is captain material,” Wright told Sky Sports on The Debate.

“It should have been done ages ago. Ivan Gazidis has got a lot to answer for for this to happen because Ramsey should be a focal point in the team. 

“He’s somebody who is the heartbeat of the team and when it’s going poorly or badly, he still shows for the ball and tries to play how he wants to play, tries to get in the box and does things.

“He’s somebody that I’d like to see stay because I think he is that player who is never afraid. He scores goals. 

“I like him simply because when he gets in there he will finish and he’s somebody that, given a run of games, he will do something because he’s not afraid. 

“He doesn’t hide. He’s somebody that if they can get it going, I’m desperate for him to stay but I do understand that Arsenal cannot continue to let players dictate like they are now. 

“If it’s going to happen, take the contract off the table, take your chances with it.”

Explaining his own exit earlier this month, Gazidis – who was instrumental in the appointment of Emery – said: “I know many will think this is a strange time to be leaving but I believe it is the right time for me and for the club.

“Change and succession is not only inevitable for a club like Arsenal, it is necessary if it is continually to keep moving forward.

“One of my primary responsibilities as chief executive has been to make sure there is good succession planning in every position in the club, including my own.

“Although it is very hard to do – the hardest decision of my life – I believe that, after 10 years, it is the right time to step aside to allow new leadership, energy and ideas to take the club forward into this exciting new era.”


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