Aaron Ramsey's preferred club if he stays in the Premier League after leaving Arsenal


Aaron Ramsey is edging closer and closer to a move away from Arsenal.

Leaving the Gunners in January seems to be out of the question, though, as Unai Emery would rather have the Welshman available to him for the rest of the season.

Arsenal haven't got any money to sign players this month, except from on loan, so keeping Ramsey is a must.

Reports suggest a summer move to Juventus is on the cards, with the Guardian stating on Wednesday that Ramsey has agreed a lucrative five-year deal worth £36m.

Not bad for a 28-year-old free agent, eh?

Ramsey leaving Arsenal is inevitable, then, and ahead of this weekend's Premier League action Emery explained that he respects his decision.

"My idea and focus, I say to him every day, is with us," said Arsenal's manager, per Sky Sports. "We need his performances for us and the last matches I am very happy with him.

"I asked him in the last match at Blackpool if he's OK to help us play, he said yes I want to play. He played with a big commitment to us.

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"His future is individually for him, for his family, his agent. Every training day with us he is working very well and I want his behaviour and focus the same for West Ham on Saturday.

"I respect his decision a lot. I cannot say more on this situation. For me the most important [thing] is Ramsey is with us. His future I respect a lot because it is a very private decision.

"But between him and us, I am very happy with him now."

Despite agreeing a deal with Juventus, a lot can still change for Ramsey between now and the end of the season.

Arsenal fans just hope he doesn't end up joining a Premier League rival, because according to BBC Sport's David Ornstein, the Wales international has a preference if he were to stay in England.

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"There have been enquiries from English sides and if Ramsey was to remain in the Premier League, he would favour a move to Liverpool," wrote Ornstein.

Awkward. Arsenal fans have only just recovered from losing to Liverpool 5-1 last month, so it would destroy them if Ramsey joined the Reds.

Fortunately it looks like Ramsey to Juventus is a done deal, so unless something dramatically changes in the next five months, that's what's going to happen.

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