Jack Wilshere says that Aaron Ramsey is good enough to play for every top team in the Premier League and believes the Welshman should captain the club in the future.
The 27 year old is into the final 12 months of his contract, and it’s a situation that’s playing out publicly after the Gunners withdrew an agreement that would have seen him extend his stay after joining in 2008 from Cardiff.
“Everything has been going great with the club,” said Ramsey last week. “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.”
Wilshere, who began his first team career at Arsenal alongside Ramsey, spoke to the Islington Gazette and talked up the quality of his former teammate.
“I think you’ve got to look at the situation and ask, ‘How many top teams in the Premier League and elsewhere could he get in?’
“And you’d have to say them all – and that speaks volumes about the type of player he is.
“He’s grown up to be a great player with Arsenal. They could do with someone like him. We know what he can do for the club.
“For me he’s a future Arsenal captain. I know he loves the club.
“It’s difficult for me to comment on because I’m not there but I do know he’s a great player – if it was me I know I would want to keep him around.”
Reports as to why the contract offer to Ramsey was withdrawn are varied. Some say it was because of a delay in response from the Welsh international; others than Unai Emery decided the resources could be better used having assessed the player in the opening months of his reign as head coach; and others still that the decision was taken higher up the food chain.
Whatever the truth of it, the fact remains that Arsenal as a club have once again found themselves in a situation where a valuable asset can leave for free, and that issue must be addressed.
Ramsey has left the door open to further negotiation, but we’ll have to wait and see what transpires.