Arsene Wenger thinks Aaron Ramsey would have stayed if he was still Arsenal manager


Aaron Ramsey is set to become the highest-paid British footballer in history when he moves to Juventus from Arsenal at the end of the season.

The Welshman joined the club as a teen under the guidance of Arsene Wenger. After recovering from his famous career-threatening leg break, Ramsey soon became a staple of the Arsenal starting 11.

With his contract at the Emirates expiring in the summer, Ramsey and the club negotiated a new deal but failed to agree on terms.

This led to the 28-year-old choosing to end his 11-season spell at the club and sign for Juventus - where he is believed to earn a whopping £400,000 per week.

Now, that's quite the pay rise.

The thought of playing alongside some of the world's best in Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala along with the hefty wage package proved too alluring for Ramsey to deny.

However, the Caerphilly-born midfielder's former manager, Arsene Wenger, believes his decision may have been different had he still been at the club.

Wenger said: "In the case of Ramsey, it’s not a question at all of contract. Not at all.

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"For the player, I think it wasn’t a financial situation and not a desire for the player to leave.

"As long as I was there, I was convinced the player would stay.

"What happens after that, I don’t know."

The 69-year-old also said that he believes players can often become too comfortable when given long-term deals, resulting in half-hearted performances in games and in training.


He continued: "Most of the time now we think when we sign a player for five years we have a good player for five years. But that doesn't necessarily mean that they practice, they play their best. Because they might be in their comfort zone.

"When the player is only five or six months it is a bit different, it was the case of Adrien Rabiot at Paris Saint-Germain and Aaron Ramsey at Arsenal."

What do you think about Wenger's comments? Would Ramsey have extended his contract at the club if Wenger was still in charge? Let us know in the comments.

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