Unai Emery keen to tie down “important” Aaron Ramsey to a new Arsenal deal

Unai Emery keen to tie down “important” Aaron Ramsey to a new Arsenal deal

Arsenal manager Unai Emery is determined to see Aaron Ramsey pen a new long-term deal at the club.

The 27-year-old Welsh midfielder has entered the final year of his present deal in north London meaning he’s free to speak with other clubs from next January.

Emery, who is preparing to take charge of his first pre-season game as Gunners boss, is hopeful of Ramsey – who he admires – staying at the Emirates.

“I’m very happy with him. For me, every day, every training session, he has the ambition I want. He’s working with a quality, the type of ability that I want. I want to work with him,” he told reporters (via the club’s official website).

“This is one question for the player [on why Ramsey hasn’t signed a new deal] and for the club. In my opinion, I’ve said to Ivan, Raul and Sven that I think he’s an important player for me.”

Ramsey the Gunner

Ramsey joined the Gunners from boyhood club Cardiff City in 2008 and has gone on to play 331 matches for the north London club managing 59 goals and 57 assists with his most prolific season being the 2013/14 campaign.

During that campaign, in which he predominantly played in central midfield, he registered 16 goals across 34 matches in all competitions and created a further 10 for his teammates.

In the season just gone, Ramsey featured in 30 outings across all competitions, bagging 11 goals and 12 assists which earned him the club’s player of the season award.