Unai Emery says he’s been pleased with Aaron Ramsey contribution in recent matches but despite the midfielder underlining his quality there’s no suggestion Arsenal will re-enter contract negotiations.
The Wales international, who is out of contract at the end of the season, was offered a new deal in the summer but was left frustrated when the club decided to renege on the terms.
The club has since made it very clear that they are happy for Ramsey to leave and, in turn, the player has intimated he’ll delay a final decision on his future until the summer when he can secure a lucrative Bosman move.
Having been a regular under Arsene Wenger, Ramsey has had to make do with substitute cameos in the league and starts in cup competitions. Despite limited minutes, he leads the Premier League’s assist table having taken his tally to six with two in the 4-2 win over Sp*rs. He also has two goals to his name.
'@aaronramsey has the joint most assists in the Premier League this season (6).
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On his relationship with Ramsey and how he sees the contract situation playing out, Emery revealed: “Two months ago we spoke together, both for his moment, his present and future. I think it was a very good conversation.
“I said to you also here in the press conference that I want his focus only on the team, on giving us his performances.
“His present is as I want, and his future is very important for him and his family.
“I think in the last matches his focus [is there]. We were speaking between us [the coaches] and I look at him in every match.
4 – @Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey has provided four Premier League assists as a sub this season – no player has ever assisted more from the bench in a single campaign in the competition. Influence. pic.twitter.com/blftPoxGx9
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“His focus is positive for us, it helps us. He needs to think about his future, for his family and for him. If he plays like [in the north London derby], it’s the best for him and the best for us.”
But while he is pleased with Ramsey’s recent contribution, Emery indicated there had no been change to the contract impasse.
“This conversation is not for today, for us or for me. It’s one situation that was closed one or two months ago.
“At the moment the most important thing is he’s smiling, he has the commitment, the behaviour and the performances like yesterday – that’s the best for him and for us.”