Observer on Saturday - - Sport - AFP

Aaron Ram­sey plans to stay at Arse­nal for the rest of this sea­son and not make a cut-price Jan­uary move af­ter the col­lapse of con­tract talks with the Premier League club.

Arse­nal could at­tempt to cash in on the 27-year-old mid­fielder in the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow, with top Premier League, La Liga and Serie A clubs re­port­edly mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion.

But Ram­sey, who is set to be­come a free agent at the end of the sea­son, said: “I am con­tracted to Arse­nal and I am go­ing to do my best now this sea­son to try and achieve some­thing spe­cial.

“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.

“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.”

The Wales in­ter­na­tional, who scored a stun­ning back­heel ef­fort in Arse­nal’s 51 win at Ful­ham last Sun­day, has scored 59 goals in 338 ap­pear­ances for Arse­nal since join­ing from Cardiff in 2008.

Asked if he was dis­ap­pointed that there was no con­tract on the ta­ble, Ram­sey said: “That’s a de­ci­sion they (Arse­nal) have made and things hap­pen in foot­ball. You just have to get on with it and carry on play­ing the


best I can.” Arse­nal Man­ager Unai Emery said re­cently that Ram­sey’s con­tract sit­u­a­tion would not af­fect his per­for­mances.

“Each player, they have their in­di­vid­ual sit­u­a­tions with their con­tracts,” Emery said of Ram­sey. “He is an im­por­tant player and he will be help­ing the team with his per­for­mance.”

I’M STAY­ING: Arse­nal’s Aaron Ram­sey.

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