Pundit questions why Arsenal want to sell Aaron Ramsey

Sky Sports pundit Danny Higginbotham is surprised Arsenal are willing to sell Aaron Ramsey with his peak years to come

Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey Photo: New Balance

Arsenal will miss out on Aaron Ramsey’s peak years if the Wales international is allowed to leave the club next summer, Sky Sports pundit Danny Higginbotham has warned Unai Emery.

The Gunners have ended negotiations with the versatile midfielder over a new contract, with less than eight months to run on his current deal with the north London side.

Ramsey was an important member of the Arsenal squad under Arsene Wenger and the Gunners have helped to mould the 27-year-old into one of the Premier League’s best midfielders since his move to The Emirates from Cardiff City in 2010.

Emery started Ramsey in six of their 10 Premier League games ahead of Liverpool FC’s visit, while the Welsh star has come off the bench on four occasions to feature in each of their top-flight fixtures before Saturday’s clash.

Ramsey’s only Premier League goal in those opening 10 games was a stunning strike in a 5-1 rout of Fulham at Craven Cottage last month, while the former Cardiff midfielder made three assists to contribute to their eight-game unbeaten run.

However, Arsenal are facing the prospect of losing Ramsey for nothing next summer, with their title rivals Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Manchester United all linked with a swoop to sign the proven Premier League star.

Given that Ramsey has overcome some difficult injuries and a loss of confidence and form to become an integral member of the Arsenal team, former Manchester United defender Higginbotham questioned why the Gunners would be willing to miss out on his best years.

“It has surprised me,” Higginbotham told Sky Sports. “I think he is an integral part of Arsenal.

“He has been there a long time. There have been a number of new players coming to the football club.

“He is a player probably not even at his peak yet. Potentially his peak years are going to be away from Arsenal.”

The former Cardiff man was a late substitute in Arsenal’s 1-1 stalemate with their top-four rivals Liverpool FC on Saturday evening.

Ramsey has won three FA Cup titles during his 10-season stay at Cardiff but the Wales international has never got his hands on the Premier League, the Champions League or the Europa League trophy.

Arsenal have allowed a number of high profile British talents to leave the club in recent seasons, including Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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