Aaron Ramsey had been promised a ‘rich renewal’ at Arsenal by Arsene Wenger according to a report from Italy before Unai Emery said he was not willing to match the conditions offered by the Frenchman.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal waves after the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Fulham FC at Emirates Stadium on January 1, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 01: Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal waves after the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Fulham FC at Emirates Stadium on January 1, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

One of the biggest head-scratchers of this season has been Arsenal’s relationship with Aaron Ramsey. A contract offer was on the table before the club whipped it away and it seems since then they had absolutely no intention of trying to get him to re-sign.

That set off Juventus’s alarm bells and they swooped in to snap him up for nothing.

There have been a number of rumours surrounding the removal of the offer by Arsenal but the most consistent has been about his wages as the club looks for a way to afford Mesut Ozi and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s salaries.

According to a report on TuttoJuve, the Juventus site, “The player had received from Arsene Wenger the promise of a rich renewal before the expiry of the contract, a promise that the new manager, Unai Emery was not willing to renew under the conditions indicated by the previous manager also for budget reasons and here the player has chosen Juventus, very good at anticipating competition.”

Arsenal should be able to free up over £600k in the summer for wages without selling Mesut Ozil who earns £350k alone.

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