Frenchman officially announces Seria A star keen to sign big Arsenal deal


Arsene Wenger has claimed that Aaron Ramsey did not want to leave Arsenal during the summer window, and was keen on a new deal.

Coming towards the end of his contract at the Emirates last season, there was a lot of transfer speculation in the media about whether or not Ramsey was going to stay or go, as it seemed that he was not willing to sign a new contract at the Emirates.

And in the end, Italian Champions Juventus swooped in and reportedly offered him around £350,000-a-week to make a move to Seria A and seek a fresh start, something that the Welshman could not simply turn down, despite the reports suggesting that he was keen on staying.

And Wenger says he tried everything to get the midfielder to stay, claiming Ramsey was happy to remain with the north London club until the contract U-turn took place, he told BeIn Sports: “In the end I met him once, he wanted to stay at Arsenal.

“They had an agreement and the club came back on that, from what I understood.

“I tried a long time to extend his contract but sometimes you have influences of agents as well.

“Every case is different and you have to understand in decision makings always who is influential – or not – when you make transfers.

“What I know from him, he was keen to stay.”

When quizzed on whether Juventus is a good fit for Ramsey, Wenger said bluntly: “If he plays.

“Like Ruud [Gullit] says, you have to win but as well when you’re 27 or 28, that’s your best years as a football player.

“If you don’t play from 27-32 that’s difficult to swallow. You can be patient at 21, 22, 23… you’re in and out. Once you get to 27 you have to play.”

Ramsey has made eight appearances for Juve since joining earlier this year, scoring two goals and is seemingly enjoying his football once again, something that was not evident towards the back-end of his Arsenal days.

Arsenal fans will not care too much about whether or not he wanted to stay, but they will care that Unai Emery failed to bring in an adequate replacement over the summer.


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