Arsenal legend Ian Wright is siding with his former club over Aaron Ramsey’s contract situation.
The 27-year-old midfielder is out of contract in the summer and could leave on a free next summer if a new deal cannot be reached.
Ramsey, who scored his first goal of the season against Fulham over the weekend, reportedly wants to be on similar money as some of the big-name stars at Arsenal and is reluctant to sign a new deal as a result.
The Welshman is currently on around £110,000-a-week while Pierre- Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan on £170,000-a-week.
Ramsey has featured regularly for the Gunners in recent seasons, but Wright says the club must make a statement of their own as they have lost many players in the past because of the same situation:
‘What I do like about him and what I will always give him credit for, is that he never hides, never ever hides. No matter what stick he gets, he never hides.
‘I have to stick with Arsenal, they have to make this kind of stance, the amount of players we’ve lost in this fashion.
‘I believe that Arsenal want him to stay, but they have to make this stance.
‘I think Arsenal have to do this, they have to make everybody else in the squad know how it’s going to be from this day onwards, and that’s why the withdrawal of the contract is a big statement from them.
‘And it’s a massive one as we’re on the verge of losing another player that’s a good player for Arsenal.’
We have lost a handful of players in similar circumstances in the past. If Aaron Ramsey is unwilling to sign a new deal or the club do not wish to offer him one, then the only option is to sell him in January.