Thursday 21 March 2019

Contract impasse won’t affect Ramsey form, insists Emery

Gunners head coach has no concerns that contract issues will affect the player’s performances.

Aaron Ramsey is set to leave Arsenal at the end of the season (Nick Potts/PA)
Aaron Ramsey is set to leave Arsenal at the end of the season (Nick Potts/PA)

By Mark Mann-Bryans, Press Association Sport

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery believes Aaron Ramsey’s performances will not be affected by his contract impasse.

Press Association Sport understands the Wales midfielder is set to leave at the end of the current season, with no new deal agreed between Ramsey and the Premier League club.

Emery, whose side welcome Watford to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday looking for a seventh straight win in all competitions, would not be drawn on whether he wanted Ramsey to stay.

With Emery working as head coach, unlike the more autonomous role of predecessor Arsene Wenger, he is less involved in transfer dealings and contract negotiations.

But he does feel Ramsey, who joined the Gunners from Cardiff in 2008, will remain focused on putting in his best performances for the club before his apparent exit next summer.

Asked if Ramsey’s contract situation could affect his performances, Emery replied: “I think not.

“I want to have also the best preparation for him, for his mentality and for his quality to give us our best performance to help us to win.

“I spoke this question, this situation, in the pre-season and now it is the same.

Unai Emery expects Aaron Ramsey to be unaffected by contract impasse (Nick Potts/PA)

“Each player, they have their individual situations with their contracts and this is one thing – for me today is not the day to speak a lot.

“It is enough that we are speaking about individual players like Aaron Ramsey, he is an important player and on Saturday he will be helping the team with his performance.”

Emery also appeared to defend Ramsey’s decision to seek a deal elsewhere, with some reports suggesting the two parties could not agree on a new wage.

“The career for the footballer is very short,” the Spaniard said.

“They are professionals for 10 ,12 or 15 years, but not more, and they need to take the best performance and also work very hard in these years for their future and their family’s future.

“Now I am sure the best for us and the best for him is to take this opportunity to do the best performance each match, to show everyone their best quality.”

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