Arsenal legend Ian Wright has said that his former side were right to make a stand over Aaron Ramsey and withdraw their contract offer, as reported by the Guardian.
Talking on BBC Radio 5, Wright said it was a “huge statement” by Arsenal but that he supported what the club was doing.
“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 how much stick he’s getting he never hides. But I have to stick with Arsenal in what they’re doing. They have to make this kind of stance because of the number of players they’ve lost in this fashion.
“And they’ve got to do something about it and I think this is their way of doing something about it.
“I believe that Arsenal want him to stay but they have to make this stance.
Asked if he would have Ramsey in the starting line-up, he said that he probably would, but he re-iterated agin that Arsenal have had to do what they’ve done to send a clear signal out to the other players.
“And that’s why the withdrawal of the contract is a huge statement from them.”
The Ramsey situation is tough. The club has been held to ransom by a number of players recently and they’ve decided they don’t want to pay Ramsey what he thinks he’s worth. It’s a shame because Ramsey is a proper Arsenal player and on form one of the best they’ve got. Is he a world-class player the deserves a massive pay jump? That’s debatable. Arsenal are on a rare run of form at the moment too. Ramsey showed how good is he is when he was ubbed on against Fulham on Sunday, scoring almost instantly and setting another up for Aubameyang in injury time. Arsenal fans will still be hoping that the situation is resolved and that Ramsey signs a new contract, but there’s every chance he could be sold in January to avoid him leaving on a free in the summer. That would be a big loss to Unai Emery.