Aaron Ramsey’s Arsenal contract runs into its final year next season but the Daily Mail report that talks have begun over an extension and that Arsene Wenger is confident that the Welshman will sign an extension.
That is exciting news for Gunners supporters, who have seen a long line of players leave the club after contract situations went unresolved for too long, the most recent of whom was Alexis Sanchez.
The report claims that Ramsey currently earns £110,000 per week at the Emirates and Arsenal are desperate to keep him at the club and avoid another debacle like the Sanchez one that saw him join Manchester United in January.
The arrivals of high-earners Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan could reportedly leave Ramsey demanding a substantial increase to his current pay packet and that could cause a stumbling block.
Nevertheless, Wenger reportedly remains confident that the Welshman will extend his deal, just as Mesut Ozil did when he signed a new £350,000 per week deal in January.
As we’ve touched on, there have been no shortage of Arsenal players who have let their contract run down and then left, which substantially undermines the club’s ambitions.
While it is understandable to let Jack Wilshere leave, because of his injury problems, Ramsey has been slightly more reliable and is a rare midfielder in the Arsenal ranks who can chip in with goals.
Wenger does have to be careful that he hasn’t smashed his wage structure with the bumper deals for Ozil, Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan but Ramsey has earned an improved deal.