Aaron Ramsey has more or less confirmed that Arsenal withdrew a contract offer to him, and insists that he’s not leaving in January and wants to help the team achieve something this season.
The Welsh international can leave on a free in the summer when his contract expires, but he did hint that there might be room for further discussion if the club decide they want to retain his services.
Speaking after Wales defeat to Spain, the 27 year old said, “Everything has been going great with the club – we thought we were in a position where we had agreed a deal but that’s no longer the case.
“So I just have to carry on playing my football and do my best for Arsenal this season and I’ll leave the rest with the club now.
“Am I disappointed? That’s a decision that they have made and things happen in football and you just have to get on with it and carry on playing the best I can.
“That’s all I am concentrating on and giving my best for Arsenal.”
He then played down the possibility of a January departure.
“Would I stay for the rest of the season? Of course, yeah,” he continued.
“I am contracted to Arsenal and I am going to do my best now this season to try and achieve something special.”
Ramsey scored what’s likely to be the goal of the season against Fulham last weekend, as well as providing an assist for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
However, he’s struggled to find his best form in new coach Unai Emery’s current system, and that may well have been a factor in the contract withdrawal.
There have been whispers that talks might well begin again, but if not Arsenal stand to lose out on tens of millions of pounds in transfer fees that a contracted Ramsey would have brought in.
With Danny Welbeck in the same position, it adds further scrutiny to the way that side of the club was being run under the auspices of soon to depart CEO Ivan Gazidis.
Perhaps new Head of Football Raul Sanllehi can make this an area of priority as he takes charge of footballing matters from the end of this month on.