Arsenal legend Wright reacts as Chelsea and Man United close in on £50 million Ramsey
Arsenal legend Ian Wright has hit out at the Gunners for their decision to stop talks with Chelsea and Manchester United target Aaron Ramsey.
After months of speculation and rumours, Arsenal have finally decided to stop all contract talks with Ramsey as they simply cannot agree a new contract with the Welshman wanting around £350,000-a-week.
That is a contract that Arsenal do not want to offer Ramsey, and are reportedly ready to offload the midfielder in January rather than lose him for nothing at the end of the season.
That has led to speculation that Chelsea and United would be prepared to offer him a big wage to stay in the Premier League, with both clubs looking for a January bargain.
Asked about Ramsey’s likely departure from the Emirates, Arsenal hero Wright told Sky Sports: ‘That Ozil situation has had a massive effect on what’s going on right now because Aaron Ramsey is captain material.
‘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.’
Here is what we think.
If Arsenal are not prepared to offer Ramsey the kind of wages he wants then Chelsea will not hesitate, so if he does leave the club then Stamford Bridge could be his ideal move.