Keown: It’s astonishing that Arsenal will allow Ramsey to leave for free

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Fulham FC at Emirates Stadium on January 1, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Arsenal legend Martin Keown can’t get his head around the fact that the club will allow one of their “prized assets” in Aaron Ramsey to leave for nothing

In recent years, Arsenal have repeatedly fallen into the same problem of their star players running out of contract.

This saw the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Jack Wilshere leave the Emirates Stadium last year, while Mesut Ozil came narrowly close to following them out of the door before agreeing on a new lucrative deal last January.

Now Ramsey is the latest of Arsenal’s prized assets set to leave as a free agent with Juventus reportedly favourites to sign him, something which Keown finds completely unacceptable.

“If Arsenal are admitting they are only able to sign loan players, then it is staggering that they are happy to let one of their prized assets leave for nothing,” Keown wrote in his Daily Mail column.

“Juventus looks the most likely destination for Aaron Ramsey when his contract runs out at the end of the season. The Italian champions must be rubbing their hands together.

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“Ramsey has conducted himself with great dignity this season but it is astonishing that Arsenal, a powerhouse in the English game, could not put together a package to keep him.

“The team are still formidable going forward. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are good enough to grace any team in the Premier League’s top six.

“But the £100 million spent to sign those players last season and hefty wages given to other star players has led to this situation.

“Unai Emery must look at his back line – where they are short at centre half – and wish he could bring in reinforcements. After all, Arsenal are only three points off the top four.

“Emery is finding that decisions made before he arrived have left him with his hands tied.”

To make matters worse, it was revealed on Thursday that Arsenal will only be looking to make loan signings in this month’s transfer window.