Arsenal refusing to meet wage demands of contract rebel

Arsenal are reportedly unwilling to pay over the odds to keep Aaron Ramsey at the Emirates Stadium. The Wales international has just 11 months left on his existing deal with the Gunners but there has not been much movement in terms of extending his contract.

According to Evening Standard, the north London outfit are refusing to be held to ransom by the Welsh midfielder and they are presently reluctant to double his current salary of £110,000-a-week.

Ramsey has been a credible performer for the Gunners over the past decade and during this period, he has gone to become the club’s highest scoring midfield of all-time, contributing 59 goals and a further 57 assists across all competitions.

Despite this, the Welshman has not pledged his future to the Capital outfit and with the transfer window still open across major European leagues, the story may perhaps take an intriguing twist before the transfer deadline.

Ramsey was only a substitute during the recent London derby against Chelsea, much to the frustration of the supporters, but Evening Standard suggests that the Welshman may have been struggling with a calf problem which Unai Emery could have been cautious about.

Nevertheless, the midfielder’s commitment could come into question in the coming weeks and it will be interesting to see whether the Gunners can find a breakthrough with the 27-year-old, who is understood to have rebuffed ‘at least one contract offer‘ to prolong his stay.

Arsenal have started their Premier League campaign in a disappointing fashion with back-to-back defeats under the tutelage of Emery but they should be aiming to turn things around when they entertain a likewise struggling West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium.

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