Ramsey “not sure” what’s delaying his Arsenal contract extension

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey gave a worrying response when asked about his contract situation, revealing there’s been little progress apart from initial talks. He recently told Sky Sports: “We’ll see what happens, but my agent and the club are talking.

“I’m not sure exactly what it hinges on, I’m just leaving it to them to discuss and to figure it out, but we are yet to come to an agreement. That’s something that my agent and the club are discussing to try and get something done. I’m not sure exactly. It’s taken a bit of time so far, so we will have to wait and see.”

Ramsey’s representatives have been discussing terms with Arsenal for some time, but the two parties can’t come to an agreement. Supporters may be worried at the lack of progress given his deal with the Gunners expires next summer, but the Welsh international doesn’t seem to be talking up the prospect of leaving.

The 27-year-old joined Arsenal from Cardiff City in 2018 and has gone on to make 331 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating 116 goals while winning three FA Cups and two Community Shields. Ramsey has become an important player to the Gunners in recent years and seems happy to continue at the Emirates.

There has been a lot of talk about the Welsh international potentially taking the captain’s armband in 2018/19 as recognition for his efforts and leadership. If Petr Cech is no longer going to be first-choice between the sticks due to Bernd Leno’s arrival and Laurent Koscielny will be out of action until 2019 due to his ruptured Achilles tendon, Ramsey is the next best thing.

Head of Recruitment Sven Mislintat has strengthened the squad in all the important areas. A goalkeeper was signed with Leno arriving from Bayer Leverkusen, a centre-back was signed with Sokratis Papastathopoulos arriving from Borussia Dortmund and a defensive midfielder was signed with Lucas Torreira arriving from Sampdoria.

Ramsey should be confident Arsenal are going in the right direction under a new manager after last season’s atrocious campaign saw them finish sixth in the Premier League with only 63 points from 38 games, suffering 13 defeats and conceding 51 goals.

It’s positive news that his representatives are in talks over a contract extension, even if an agreement with Arsneal may be a distance away currently. From Ramsey’s recent quotes, he clearly wants the situation dealt with so he can focus on his football.

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Crippy can be found on Twitter (@CrippyCooke). He is a sports journalist who has written for the Independent, Bleacher Report, Huffington Post, Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph among others. Crippy treats football gossip with a dash of cynicism and loves tearing apart outlandish rumours.

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