I thought I had agreed a new con­tract with Arse­nal: Ram­sey

Gulf Times Sport - - FOOTBALL - By David Hyt­ner

Aaron Ram­sey has re­vealed that he thought he had reached an agree­ment with Arse­nal over a new con­tract only for the club to per­form a U-turn but he has promised to make what stands to be his 11th and fi­nal sea­son in north Lon­don a mem­o­rable one.

The 27-year-old mid­fielder, whose deal ex­pires next June, made it clear that it was the club’s de­ci­sion to with­draw the of­fer of fresh terms rather than his own to walk away from the talks, although he stopped short of giv­ing his feel­ings on the sit­u­a­tion.

Ram­sey has started six of the club’s eight Premier League games this sea­son but there have been ques­tions as to whether he is an ideal fit for Unai Emery’s style of play. He had sought a large pay rise and the sus­pi­cion has been that the club do not want to push the boat out for him be­cause they have other op­tions in cen­tral mid­field.

“Ev­ery­thing has been go­ing great with the club – we thought we were in a po­si­tion where we had agreed a deal but that’s no longer the case,” Ram­sey said. “So I just have to carry on play­ing my foot­ball and do my best for Arse­nal this sea­son and I’ll leave the rest with the club now.

“Am I dis­ap­pointed? That’s a de­ci­sion that they have made and things hap­pen in foot­ball and you just have to get on with it and carry on play­ing the best I can. That’s all I am con­cen­trat­ing on and giv­ing my best for Arse­nal.”

Arse­nal could re­ceive a fee for Ram­sey by sell­ing him in Jan­uary but the Wales in­ter­na­tional, who played in the 4-1 home de­feat against Spain on Thurs­day, did not sound as though he was plan­ning for a mid-sea­son move.

“Would I stay for the rest of the sea­son? Of course, yeah,” he said. “I am con­tracted to Arse­nal and I am go­ing to do my best now this sea­son to try and achieve some­thing spe­cial.”

Emery has said that he does not ex­pect the con­trac­tual sit­u­a­tion of the squad’s long­est-serv­ing player to af­fect Ram­sey’s per­for­mance lev­els. Ram­sey joined Arse­nal from Cardiff in 2008 for £5mn and has won three FA Cups, scor­ing the win­ning goals in the 2014 and 2017 fi­nals against Hull and Chelsea re­spec­tively.

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