Aaron Ramsey set to leave Arsenal on free transfer next summer after contract talks break down
The three-time FA Cup winner and 2017/18 player of the season is heading for the exit at the Emirates
Aaron Ramsey is heading for the exit door at Arsenal.
The midfielder is out of contract next summer and he has been in talks for months over a new deal.
But, as first reported by the Daily Mirror, discussions have now broken down and Arsenal will allow the 27-year-old to leave on a free transfer at the end of the season.
It’s a hugely surprising move by Arsenal, given Ramsey has been a vital player for the club since his arrival from Cardiff in 2008.
The Welshman has made 335 appearances for the Gunners, scoring 58 goals, and has lifted three FA Cups during his time in north London.
He was named player of the year for 2017/18, the second time he has collected the accolade, in what was Arsene Wenger’s final season in charge.
Wenger’s replacement Unai Emery has spoken positively about Ramsey since taking charge in May.
The Spaniard described Ramsey as an “important player” in August and suggested he could be a future captain of the club.
But it appears as though his time at Arsenal is now approaching an end, with Arsenal taking the offer to extend his stay off the table.
Ramsey – named in UEFA’s team of Euro 2016 after playing a key role in Wales’ historic run to the semi-finals – will not be short of suitors.
Barcelona, Juventus and Manchester United have all been linked with moves for him in the past and the fact he is set to be available for nothing will alert numerous other clubs.