Paul Merson has blasted “typical Arsenal” for their part in Aaron Ramsey‘s contract saga.
Ramsey seems set to leave the Emirates Stadium after joining the club from Cardiff a decade ago.
The Welshman’s contract expires at the end of the season, and negotiations over a new deal have broken down to the extent that even former manager Arsene Wenger has no clue what’s going on.
Everton and their £54million package have joined the race to sign Ramsey this summer, but Merson believes the north Londoners are making a huge mistake.
“It seems to me that the manager has said, ‘I can get better somewhere else’,” he told talkSPORT.
“The contract was on the table and Arsenal withdrew it, and it sounds like to me the manager has said, ‘hold on a minute, I’m not giving him that kind of money, I can get a better player than that’.
“But giving a player £200,000-a-week is going to be a lot less than buying a £40million player and giving him £130,000-a-week.
“It’s typical Arsenal isn’t it.
“How can they let the contract of a quality player like that run down? They’ve done it too many times now.
“When I was there, when there was 18 months or two years left on your contract you were called in for another one. My contract never, ever, went to less than 18 months at Arsenal.”
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