Arsenal legend Paul Merson reckons his former clubs decision to allow midfielder Aaron Ramsey to leave the Emirates is a sign of poor club management.
Wales international Ramsey is the Gunners longest serving player having signed for the club from Cardiff City in 2008 and has twice scored the winning goal in the FA Cup final.
However, Arsenal rescinded the offer of a new contract earlier this season with the 27-year-old’s current deal set to expire at the end of the season, after the player was rumoured to want a similar pay package to the Gunners highest earner Mesut Ozil.
Ramsey is now set to leave the club during the summer of a free transfer and Merson reckons the decision to let him go for free is ‘criminal.’
“Letting Ramsey leave is just bad, bad club management isn’t it,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“To let player contracts run out in this day and age for how much these players go for and how much they’re worth is criminal.
“To let him leave the club and walk away for free, somebody in his prime leaving for nothing, it’s a football crime.
“Now they have got to replace him and that will cost money but until the Ozil problem gets sorted out they are going to find it difficult to bring in players.
“Because if they bid £50-60m for someone, the first thing the player will say is well I want what Ozil is getting.
“And when the club says you aren’t getting that then the player will just say well I’m not coming then. And that is what happened with Ramsey.”
Serie A Champions Juventus are currently favourites to secure Ramsey’s services.