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Ram­sey: I’m stay­ing at Arse­nal for the rest of the sea­son.. I want to achieve some­thing spe­cial

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - ARSENAL - BY SI­MON BIRD @Si­mon­bird_

AARON RAM­SEY has re­vealed he won’t quit Arse­nal in Jan­uary over his con­tract wran­gle – be­cause the club can “achieve some­thing spe­cial” this sea­son.

The mid­fielder is out of con­tract in the sum­mer and at­tract­ing free­trans­fer in­ter­est from Liver­pool, Manch­ester United and AC Mi­lan.

Ram­sey says he thought he had agreed a new deal to stay with the Gun­ners long term – “but that’s no longer the case.”

How­ever, the 27-year-old is con­vinced he will be part of a suc­cess­ful sea­son un­der Unai Emery (be­low right, with Ram­sey) whose side have won nine games in a row.

Ram­sey said: “Will I stay for the rest of the sea­son? Of course, yeah.

“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.”

As re­vealed by Mir­ror

Sport, Arse­nal with­drew an of­fer that looked set to keep the player at the club. Ram­sey said: “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 and I’ll leave the rest with the club. That’s a de­ci­sion they have made and you just have to carry on play­ing the best you can, that’s all I am con­cen­trat­ing on.”

Ram­sey’s Wales side strug­gled against a bril­liant Spain on Thurs­day night, and will now re­group ahead of Ire­land next week.

He added: “It was a tough game. We just have to hold our hands up and we weren’t good enough.

“They beat the World Cup run­ners-up Croa­tia 6-0 and we couldn’t live with them at times.”

Wales beat Ire­land 4-1 at home last month but won’t be a soft touch in Dublin on Tues­day.

Boss Ryan Giggs says Gareth Bale is un­likely to be fit and Ram­sey added: “That’s go­ing to be a blow. We know how im­por­tant he is for us. “We know it is go­ing to be dif­fi­cult there but we are all look­ing for­ward to what will be a real test.”

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