Arsenal legend Ian Wright has backed his former clubs decision to allow Aaron Ramsey to leave the Emirates at the end of the season.
Wales international Ramsey is the Gunners longest serving player having moved to North London in 2008 from Cardiff City.
However, his contract is set to expire at the end of this season and Arsenal recently removed their offer of an extension with Ramsey’s camp supposedly asking for similar financial terms to that of the clubs highest paid player Mesut Ozil.
Wright has admitted that while he admires the27-year-old as a player, he understands and supports the Arsenal boards decision to rescind their offer of a new contract, believing that the club are deliberately sending out a message to their squad that they will no longer be messed around when it comes to contract negotiations.
“What I do like about him and what I will always give him credit for, is that he never hides, never ever hides,” Wright said on BBC 5Live.
“No matter what stick he gets, he never hides.
“I have to stick with Arsenal, they have to make this kind of stance, the amount of players we’ve lost in this fashion.
“I believe that Arsenal want him to stay, but they have to make this stance.
“I think Arsenal have to do this, they have to make everybody else in the squad know how it’s going to be from this day onwards, and that’s why the withdrawal of the contract is a big statement from them.
“And it’s a massive one as we’re on the verge of losing another player that’s a good player for Arsenal.