Aaron Ramsey has dropped a big hint that he’s not planning to leave Arsenal this summer, speaking in an interview on international duty.
Ramsey’s contract expires in 2019, and so far it doesn’t seem like there’s been any progress on a new one. As a result, Arsenal fans were starting to worry their Player of the Season would be the next star out the door.
When asked if he’s looking forward to working with Emery though, Ramsey’s response suggested he’s keen to stay.
“Of course,” he answered. “I haven’t spoken to him at all yet, but I think it’s an exciting time for the club. I can’t wait to get back there now.”
The impact on Ramsey’s situation may yet turn out to be one of the biggest short-term benefits of Emery’s appointment. When Mikel Arteta was favourite for the job, the Welshman suggested his former teammate might not quite be ready just yet.
“I’m sure one day, when the time is right, he’ll be a fantastic manager,” Ramsey said in late April. “It’s still early days in his career at the moment.”
Whilst the 27-year-old had plenty of good things to say about Arteta, there’s definitely a suggestion he doesn’t think that would’ve been the right move, for now. Compare that to his comments after Emery’s appointment, and the contrast is stark.
Hopefully it’s enough to get Ramsey to sign a contract extension to stay at the club. Arsenal need to hang onto their best players, as they move into a new era. Add some quality at the back and next season holds a lot of promise under new management.