Arsenal legend Ian Wright has insisted that the Gunners are correct in their decision to not offer Aaron Ramsey a new deal at the club (via BBC).
He may have scored one of the goals of the season on the weekend but it is becoming clear that Aaron Ramsey is in his final year at the club.
Arsenal have reportedly withdrawn their contract offer for the Welsh international who has been at the club since 2008.
Ramsey is still very much a key part of the first team right now but Gunners legend Ian Wright has insisted that Arsenal have handled the situation well.
“I have to stick with Arsenal as they have to make this kind of stance because of the amount of players we’ve lost in this fashion,” Wright told the BBC.
“Of course Arsenal would want him to stay but they must make this stance.”
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Wright admits that the 27-year-old would be a loss to the club but claims it would create opportunities for other players like Alex Iwobi.
“We’ve seen him [Ramsey] in the Euros dominating when he was absolutely fantastic, we’ve seen the season [2013-14] he has with Arsenal scoring 20-plus goals and was amazing, we’ve seen he can score in big games, winning cup finals.
“But in respect of a consistent performer for the season, making the difference in the league when he’s needed? When was the last time he’s done that?
“Are they going to pay the kind of money he probably wants when you’ve got someone coming through like Iwobi?
“The impact he’s made in the last few games Iwobi, coming on and he’s actually replaced Ramsey and he’s made an impact.
“Maybe Unai Emery has seen that.”
It’s an interesting decision for Arsenal. Aaron Ramsey has shown glimpses of his truly exceptional ability at times during the last few years but there have been so many average and disappointing performances in there too.