The Gunners have decided not to offer Ramsey a new contract and that has shocked his former teammate
Jack Wilshere has expressed his surprise at Arsenal’s decision to let Aaron Ramsey leave the club.
The Gunners have withdrawn their offer of a new contract to the midfielder, meaning he will be available on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Ramsey has been with Arsenal for the past decade, winning three FA Cups with the north London club, and was crowned their Player of the Season for 2017/18.
Liverpool and Manchester United are reportedly eyeng the 27-year-old’s situation and Wilshere, who played alongside the Welshman before moving on to West Ham in the summer, cannot understand why Unai Emery is seemingly so willing to his former teammate go.
He told the Islington Gazette: “He’s grown up to be a great player with Arsenal. They could do with someone like him. We know what he can do for the club.
“For me he’s a future Arsenal captain. I know he loves the club.
“It’s difficult for me to comment on because I’m not there but I do know he’s a great player – if it was me I know I would want to keep him around.
“He’s a great guy to have around. He’s been at the club so long and knows it inside out. If you look at what he’s done for the club too.
“We went into the first team in the same year. He came from Cardiff and I came from the youth team. We automatically clicked because we were both young and new to that sort of environment.”
Should Ramsey indeed go on a free, Wilshere reckons he will have his pick of top clubs.
He added: “I think you’ve got to look at the situation and ask: ‘How many top teams in the Premier League and elsewhere could he get in?’
“And you’d have to say them all – and that speaks volumes about the type of player he is.”