Robert Pires offers advice to Arsenal board about Aaron Ramsey situation

The Arsenal legend believes the Gunners need to keep Aaron Ramsey at the north London outfit

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey Photo: New Balance

Robert Pires has urged the Arsenal board to resolve Aaron Ramsey’s contract situation.

The Wales international could become a free agent at the end of the Premier League season after entering the final 12 months of his current deal at Arsenal.

The Gunners have reportedly taken their new contract offer off the table after the north London side failed to agree terms with the 27-year-old following protracted negotiations.

Unsurprisingly given Ramsey’s undoubted pedigree in the Premier League, the former Cardiff City midfielder has been linked with a move to some of Europe’s top clubs next summer.

Reports in the British media this week suggest that Liverpool FC are interested in the prospective deal to sign Ramsey on a free transfer in the 2019 summer transfer window.

Ramsey’s former Arsenal team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain started to turnaround his ailing career at Liverpool FC before a serious knee injury in the Champions League semi-finals.

Unai Emery clearly views Ramsey as an important member of his Arsenal squad given the versatile midfielder has started six of their seven Premier League games this term.

Former Arsenal midfielder Pires is eager to see the Gunners resolve Ramsey’s contract situation in order to keep a valuable member of Emery’s team.

“I don’t know what’s happening at the end of the season. Maybe he will extend, maybe not,” Pires told Evening Standard.

“He’s a great player, he’s been at Arsenal for a long time. He scores a lot of goals and is important to the squad.

“Aaron needs to talk with the board and find a good solution for him and for Arsenal.”

Ramsey has been one of Arsenal’s best players over the past few seasons during their well-documented struggles under Emery’s predecessor Arsene Wenger.

The Wales international scored 11 times in 32 games in all competitions last season to produce his best return since Ramsey netted 16 goals in 2013-14.

The former Olympian has won three FA Cup titles during his Arsenal career but Ramsey and the Gunners haven’t come close to securing Champions League or Premier League title glory since his move in 2008.

Ramsey, who is the longest serving player left at Arsenal, has scored 58 goals in 337 games in all competitions over the past 10 seasons at the north London side.

The Gunners star would improve Jurgen Klopp’s squad depth if Ramsey does complete a move to the Merseyside outfit next summer.

However, Ramsey could struggle to hold down a regular starting spot in the Liverpool FC team given the quality already at Klopp’s disposal.

Indeed, the Welshman would have to compete with Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Naby Keita and Fabinho for a role in the middle of the park.

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