Arsenal are reportedly stepping up their efforts to commit midfielder Aaron Ramsey to a new long-term contract. The Wales international is presently the club’s longest-serving player, having joined them from Cardiff City in the summer of 2008.
According to Football.London, the north London giants are moving in the ‘right direction’ with contract negotiations with the Welshman and they remain optimistic of prolonging his stay beyond the conclusion of the current campaign.
Ramsey’s contract situation first came under focus at the turn of the year but back then, the midfielder hinted that the club had not begun discussions with his representative, with the focus more on other players within the first-team squad.
Thereafter, there had been the anticipation that he could prolong his stay upon the arrival for pre-season but things have progressed slowly with multiple sources suggesting that the club’s hierarchy are unwilling to come close to his wage demands.
Nonetheless, there appears a sense of positivity around the club that the midfielder will eventually pen the extension and that should surely provide some relief, given the number of key players that have parted ways over the years amid contract standoffs.
Ramsey has begun the season as a regular under Unai Emery and he has been ever-present through the opening four matches – three of which have come from the starting lineup. Despite this, the midfielder has yet to flourish in the number 10 position but his determination and workrate has been visible to the eye.
Arsenal are currently ninth in the Premier League standings after picking up just six points from an available 12 but things should change in the forthcoming weeks with the Gunners having a friendlier schedule as compared to their top-six rivals.
Emery’s side had a baptism with fire after succumbing to back-to-back defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea at the start of the season but they have since picked up hard-fought triumphs over West Ham United and Cardiff City. The Gunners don’t face another top-six rival until Liverpool visit them in early November.
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