‘What I know from him, he wanted to stay at Arsenal’: Arsene Wenger says Aaron Ramsey was keen to sign new contract at Emirates despite his eventual move to Juventus
- Aaron Ramsey left Arsenal to join Juventus on a free transfer last summer
- Welsh midfielder has always maintained he wanted to stay at the Emirates
- But Arsenal reneged on an initial offer of a contract extension
- Former Gunners manager Arsene Wenger says Ramsey always wanted to stay
Arsene Wenger has said that Aaron Ramsey ‘wanted to stay at Arsenal’ prior to his move to Juventus.
The former Gunners manager managed the Welshman at Arsenal for 10 years after signing him from Cardiff City in 2008.
The midfielder has always maintained that he thought he had reached an agreement with Arsenal over a new contract, only for the club to perform a U-turn.
Arsene Wenger has said Aaron Ramsey wanted to stay at Arsenal prior to his Juventus move
The Welsh midfielder made the move to Juventus on a free from Arsenal in the summer
And this version of events appears to have been backed up by Wenger, who left the Emirates Stadium in 2018.
‘In the end I met him once, he wanted to stay at Arsenal,’ Wenger told beIN Sports.
‘They had an agreement and the club came back on that, from what I understood.
‘I tried a long time to extend his contract but sometimes you have the influence of agents as well.
‘Every case is different and you have to understand in decision-making always who is influential – or not – when you make transfers.
‘What I know from him, he was keen to stay.’
Wenger has suggested that Ramsey always wanted to stay at Arsenal but the club refused
In an October 2018 interview, Ramsey said: ‘We thought we were in a position where we had agreed a deal but that’s no longer the case.
‘That’s the decision they have made and things happen in football and you just have to get on with it.’
It was announced in February 2019 that Ramsey would be joining Juventus after contract talks fizzled out completely and he signed a four-year contract with the Italian champions.
He has so far played eight matches for Juventus, scoring twice, including in this week’s Champions League win over Lokomotiv Moscow.
Ramsey has played eight matches this season but is far from a guaranteed starter for Juventus
However, he is far from a guaranteed starter in Maurizio Sarri’s team and Wenger was asked whether he thought Ramsey had made the right move.
‘If he plays,’ he replies. ‘Like Ruud [Gullit] says, you have to win but as well when you’re 27 or 28, that’s your best years as a football player.
‘If you don’t play from 27-32 that’s difficult to swallow. You can be patient at 21, 22, 23… you’re in and out. Once you get to 27 you have to play.’