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Emery reveals Ramsey went against his advice before injury cut short Arsenal career

Unai Emery has revealed Aaron Ramsey went against his advice before a season-ending injury cut short his Arsenal career.

Ramsey will leave the Emirates this summer after 11 years at the club, joining Italian champions Juventus on a free transfer.

The Welsh midfielder will not feature in Arsenal’s Europa League final meeting with Chelsea on Wednesday night having suffered a hamstring injury against Napoli in the quarter-finals of the competition, prematurely bringing an end to both his season and career at the club.

Arsenal boss Emery has now revealed the 28-year-old went against his advice to rest prior to his injury, with the Welshman insistent he wanted to be involved for the tie.

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“Sometimes you cannot play every match with the same players because some players can be a risk for injury,” Emery said.

“When he was playing against Napoli, he was injured. The Monday before we played Watford , we won 1-0, and I prefer he didn’t play.

“I spoke with him. ‘Aaron, we are playing a lot of matches now. I think you need to rest one match.’

“’No, no, coach, I want to play, I want to play, I want to play, I want play, it is very important for me, it is very important for the team, I want to play.”

“’OK. Play.’ And we won. After, Napoli. ‘You OK?’ ‘Coach, I can, I can, I can.’ And this is the process with him I had.”

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