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Wilshere: “Ramsey’s a future Arsenal captain”

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Arsenal must now allow a future captain in Aaron Ramsey to leave at the end of the season, says former midfielder Jack Wilshere

The Wales international has spent a decade at the Emirates Stadium and is now regarded as one of the Premier League’s finest midfielders.

But Ramsey’s current contract with Arsenal expires at the end of the season and talks have not progressed between either side.

Latest reports indicate that Arsenal have reportedly withdrawn a new contract offer for Ramsey and are considering a January sale rather than allowing him to leave on a free transfer in the summer.

Although Wilshere, who left the Gunners on a free transfer himself for West Ham in the summer, insists that they must do everything possible to retain Ramsey.

“For me, he’s a future Arsenal captain. I know he loves the club,” Wilshere told Islington Gazette.

“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.”

Ramsey has managed 59 goals and 60 assists in 338 appearances across all competitions for Arsenal.