Martin Keown blasts Arsenal’s ‘sickening’ transfer decision

The Arsenal legend is unhappy that Aaron Ramsey is being allowed to leave on a free transfer at the end of the season

Aaron Ramsey
Aaron Ramsey (Photo: New Balance)

Martin Keown has blasted Arsenal’s decision to allow Aaron Ramsey to leave on a free transfer at the end of the season.

The Gunners withdrew a contract offer for the Wales international and Ramsey will now leave the north London side in the summer when his current deal expires.

Recent reports have suggested that Ramsey has signed a pre-contract agreement with Serie A champions Juventus ahead of a move in the 2019 summer transfer window.

Ramsey has been a key part of Unai Emery’s team in the current campaign despite the club’s decision to retract a contract offer for the Welshman.

The 28-year-old has scored two goals and has made six assists in 20 appearances in the Premier League this season, although he has only started nine of those fixtures.

Ramsey produced a brilliant performance in Arsenal’s 2-0 win against fourth-placed Chelsea FC at The Emirates on Saturday evening.

Former Arsenal defender Keown has criticised the Gunners for their handling of Ramsey’s contract situation.

“It’s the saddest thing of all really, how well he executed the plan today but in possession and out of possession,” Keown told BT Sport on Saturday night.

“He’s obviously doing that to such an extent that [Mesut] Ozil can’t get near the team.

“But Ramsey’s not going to be part of their future and I find that sad.

“I find it a little bit sickening that he’s going to be leaving, they’re trying to make progress and one player who was singly so important won’t be a part of Arsenal’s future.”

Arsenal signed Ramsey in a deal from Cardiff City in 2006 ahead of interest from Manchester United.

The Gunners star has won three FA Cup titles during his spell at The Emirates but Ramsey has been unable to help Arsenal win the Premier League title.

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