Arsenal decide to part ways with Welsh midfielder next summer

Arsenal have reportedly made the decision to part ways with midfielder Aaron Ramsey when his contract concludes at the end of the ongoing campaign. The Wales international has been in discussions over a new deal over the past year but it now appears that the club have decided to move on from the player’s services when the season comes to a close.

According to Sky Sports News, the former Cardiff City graduate will end his decade-long association with the Gunners next summer with the club having decided against extending his stay. The Welshman was initially offered a contract offer on the table to which he agreed but in a surprise change of events, the club have dropped the proposal to focus on replacing him.

Ramsey has been a valuable contributor for the Gunners since joining the club in the summer of 2018 but the past five years have brought the best out of his abilities, scoring the winning goals during the 2014 and 2017 FA Cup finals – the former ensuring that the Gunners ended their nine-year wait for silverware under ex-boss Arsene Wenger.

Owing to this, he has become a fan favourite for a major section of the club’s supporters but it seems that the board have made the statement to move on from him. Ramsey started the season as a regular from the starting lineup but of late, he has been featuring off the bench in the Premier League.

Gunners boss Unai Emery has indicated that the Welshman’s drop to the bench has nothing to do with the breakdown in contract talks but deep down, the Spaniard may have the plan of finding a cohesion between players, who are assured to remain with the north Londoners on a long-term basis.

Ramsey made the starting lineup during the recent League Cup fourth round over Blackpool on Wednesday night but he is likely to drop to the substitutes’ bench when the Gunners entertain high-flying Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening. Emery’s men will be facing an elite club for the first time since August.

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