Arsenal legend Ian Wright has backed the Gunners hierarchy’s decision to allow midfielder Aaron Ramsey to leave at the end of the season.
Ramsey joined Arsenal from his boyhood club Cardiff City in 2008 in a £4.8 million deal. The 27-year-old is currently the Gunners’ longest-serving player and twice scored the winning goal for the North London club in the FA Cup final.
However, with the Wales international allegedly looking for pay parity with playmaker Mesut Ozil – who is thought to be on £350,000 per week – he was unable to agree to a new deal, resulting in the Arsenal board withdrawing their offer.
It is now widely accepted that Ramsey will leave the Emirates next summer when his contract expires. A host of Premier League clubs such as Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton have all been credited with an interest, as well as a number of European heavyweights such as Juventus and Bayern Munich.
Wright, however, believes that both Ramsey and Arsenal will benefit from a parting of ways.
“He is a top player, when you get a top player like that who is going for free, you are going to have teams of that calibre [Bayern] coming for them,” Wright said on his Youtube Channel.
“I think it might be the perfect time for us and for him to move on.
“I think the boss should be given now the time, especially the money, to try and find maybe one or two replacements for someone like Aaron Ramsey, rather than giving Aaron Ramsey the kind of money he was asking for.
“Maybe we can get two, maybe three players at the 70, maybe £80,000-a-week level to come in and really bolster up the squad and contribute more.
“I think it might be time for Aaron to move on and I think it is a really good move for him, so hopefully we can, whether it is this window or the summer, we can get a few players in that fill that gap.
“It isn’t something I’m too disappointed about, I’m pleased for him and I’m pleased for the new ruthless Arsenal in respects of the way they are saying, ‘if that’s the way it is going to be, then that’s the way it is going to be’.
“I don’t think we are going to see too many more players running down contracts and leaving on their terms anymore.
“Unfortunately we see with Danny Welbeck – he was running his down and unfortunately he got injured and this is the jeopardy, when you are trying to run down your contract.”