Former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has said Aaron Ramsey’s departure from Arsenal will be a “loss” for the club.
The Frenchman was answering questions ahead of the Laureus Sports Awards held in Monaco on Sunday and was quizzed on a wide range of topics, including Ramsey’s decision to sign for Italian giants Juventus.
Here’s what he had to say:
“First I must say it will be an interesting move for Ramsey. He is a player who has a great drive going forward. His main quality, of course, is he can give a final ball but as well he makes interesting runs from deep and you don’t find many players today who, from midfield, makes runs off the ball.
“It will be an interesting addition (for Juventus). I think it will be a loss as well for Arsenal.”
It was announced earlier this month that the Welsh midfielder had signed a pre-contract agreement with the Serie A champions, in a deal worth £400,000 a week.
Interestingly, Arsene also said, when he was at the club, there was no issue with money relating to a new contract offer for Ramsey, and he added that he believed the Welshman wanted to stay at the club.
Elsewhere, Arsene was also asked about Mesut Ozil’s £350,000 a week contract and, specifically, whether he thought it was a bad idea in hindsight.
Although he dodged the question, saying simply that he didn’t want to “interfere” in the issue, it was interesting to hear him go on to say that, if Arsenal had wanted to buy a player of Ozil’s quality, instead of giving him a new deal, it could have cost £100million.
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