Aaron Ramsey could delay Arsenal contract decision until New Year

Arsenal’s saga concerning Aaron Ramsey shows no signs of coming to a halt as the midfielder may delay a decision on a new deal until January, The Daily Mail reports.

What’s the word?

Having entered the final 12 months of his deal at the Emirates Stadium, Aaron Ramsey is locked in talks with Arsenal regarding a contract extension but a new deal for the Wales international does not look to be agreed imminently.

The Daily Mail reports that Ramsey could follow Mesut Ozil’s lead by waiting until the New Year before deciding on a new deal after the World Cup winner delayed his own decision earlier this year until after the January transfer window – then agreeing on a new long-term deal.

Ramsey could do similar, focusing on his football rather than the soap opera well underway behind the scenes, but that will raise fear amongst Arsenal supporters after they witnessed Alexis Sanchez run down his deal last term before joining Manchester United.

While the stance in North London continues to be that Arsenal are confident the 27-year-old will eventually put pen to paper on an agreement, it could be a rollercoaster ride for the supporters in the months ahead.

What should Arsenal do?

The longer this standoff continues, the more damage Arsenal risk experiencing and the Gunners should move to end the saga one way or another immediately to stop the drama boiling over as Unai Emery looks to settle in North London.

Week after week, Emery is quizzed about Ramsey’s situation in a scenario that mimics what Arsene Wenger had to put up with last term when Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez had entered the final year of their contracts – and this sort of distraction needs to be avoided, particularly at a time when the Gunners have already undergone major changes.

Arsenal’s priority should certainly be to tie the former Cardiff City man down to a new deal, as he has the potential to be club captain and a future legend, but they need to stop messing around in the market and come to a decision.

Either they find an agreement with Ramsey imminently, or they make it clear his time at the Emirates Stadium is up.