Saturday, 20 April 2019

Unai Emery finally explains why he left Aaron Ramsey out of his Arsenal team

Unai Emery claims Aaron Ramsey’s ‘confused’ state of mind played a part in his decision to leave the Arsenal star out of his side on a regular basis earlier this season.

The Wales international began the campaign as a mainstay of Emery’s new-look team but, amid uncertainty surrounding his future, Ramsey failed to start a single Premier League game between October 7 and December 5.

Emery reportedly advised Arsenal to withdraw a contract offer made to the scorer of two FA Cup final winning goals and the 28-year-old subsequently agreed a deal to sign for Juventus , who he is set to join in the summer.

Despite his future lying elsewhere, Ramsey had re-established himself as a key component of an Arsenal team that has reached the semi-finals of the Europa League and is closing in on a top four finish in the Premier League, before he sustained a hamstring injury against Napoli on Thursday which will rule him out of action for up to three weeks.

‘His progress this season is amazing,’ Emery said.

‘At the beginning (of the season), he was a little confused maybe, because he is in the last year of his contract.

‘For us, and for me, he is a very important player but his confusion maybe did not help us at some moments in the season – not like his performances now.

‘In his last few performances he has been helping us a lot – and in some of the key moments of this season. His injury is bad news and I don’t know how long he will be out of the team, maybe two or three weeks.’

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