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Arsenal insider Martin Keown believes Chelsea target Aaron Ramsey can still stay and go on to become an Arsenal great, but would be disappointed if he is allowed to join a rival club for nothing, according to the Express.
Blues boss Maurizio Sarri considered signing the box-to-box midfielder in the summer but his efforts was knocked back by the Arsenal chiefs who considered Ramsey a vital part of the squad. Coupled with Unai Emery’s decision to hang on to the attacker in the post Arsene Wenger era.
The Welsh midfielder has been at the club for a decade, but this looks to be his last season at the Emirates after reports emerged that the Gunners had withdrawn their offer to extend his contract beyond the end of the season.
Since the reports came out, he has been linked to a number of top European and domestic clubs including Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool Juventus and AC Milan.
Against Fulham on Sunday, Ramsey started and finished a team goal that will be an early contender for Goal of the Season, just 38 seconds after coming on as a sub.
Keown who himself is an Arsenal legend has applauded the manner the 27-year-old has gone about the contract issue, and after the win against Fulham he told the media “Ramsey — who is yet to sign a new contract — could have sulked after being named as a substitute but he is not that sort of player.
“He entered the fray hungry to make sure Arsenal won this match.
“When you are building something, it is crucial that you hold on to your identity.
“This is a player who has spent a decade with Arsenal, the scorer of winning goals in two FA Cup finals.
“New managers need players like Ramsey who acutely understand the demands of playing for their football club.
“He is a role model in the way he works, trains and plays with such drive.
“Should he see out his career at the Emirates, Ramsey will go down as an Arsenal great.
“I understand why he would want to earn the same as the club’s recent acquisitions.
“At 27, this could be his last big contract and it is important for him that he makes the right decision.
“But think of Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri.
“Too often Arsenal have developed promising players only to sell them.
“I would be immensely disappointed if Ramsey is allowed to leave.”