Unai Emery has called on Aaron Ramsey to focus his attention on delivering the goods on the pitch amid ongoing negotiations about a contract extension.
The Gunners want the Wales international to extend his decade-long stay at the Emirates and have thus far resisted the temptation to cash in on him despite knowing he’ll be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs in January and can walk away for free next July.
“I only need his focus on training, the matches and on his performance each day,” Emery told journalists asking for an update on the 27-year-old.
He added: “I don’t know [if he lacks focus], but I am thinking in the present.
“I spoke with him last week but now, today, my focus is on the match and I want the player to be focused only on Saturday.”
Ramsey started the Gunners first game of the season but was substituted in the second half and found himself on the bench at Stamford Bridge until the last 20 minutes. Having been a favourite of Arsene Wenger, it’s a real change of circumstances for the Welshman.
That said, it’s up to him to persuade the new regime he’s worthy of minutes…and indeed a new big bucks contract.
There are suggestions that Mesut Ozil may miss today’s game with West Ham with illness, that would open the door again for Rambo. Here’s hoping he can make an impression.