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Aaron Ramsey will be linked with Arsenal exit says John Hartson

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John Hartson believes Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey will be a target for a number of high profile clubs this summer.

The Gunners star has been the standout player for Arsene Wenger this season, and could win his first piece of silverware as an Arsenal player this Saturday against Hull City in the FA Cup final.

Attention will then turn towards the summer transfer window and the former Wales and Arsenal player, Hartson, believes plenty of clubs will be sniffing around the 23-year-old.

"Aaron Ramsey will be linked to 10 clubs in the summer, no doubt big clubs," he told BBC.

"He's a top player and Arsenal don't want to lose him. But I think showing that you've signed a new contract, he's settled and loves the club.

"He may feel 'I've had one outstanding season and Arsenal stuck by me when I wasn't playing that great a few years ago.' Arsene Wenger stuck by him.

"I can't see him leaving Arsenal in the foreseeable future.
"But when he does get linked and when bids come in for him that tells you he's doing exceptionally well."

Ramsey had to deal with a lot of heavy criticism after initially struggling to recover from a broken leg sustained against Stoke in 2010. He later admitted that he struggled to regain his confidence on the pitch following his return but has since recovered to become a key figure in Wenger's team.

He recently committed his future to Arsenal, signing a five-year contract with the Gunners and Hartson believes the Wales international has showed terrific strength the recover.

"Aaron's done terrifically well. He's shown great mental strength," Hartson added.
"Let's not forget 18 months ago at Arsenal he was facing a bit of a backlash from the home fans.

"They were thinking 'he's not really stepped up' his performances to his own standards weren't good enough.

"But he's found something. I don't know whether he worked through the summer, but he's gone up a gear and he's so influential to Arsenal now and the way they play.
"They missed him badly when he had that injury."

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