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Arsenal chief Raul Sanllehi explains reasoning for letting Aaron Ramsey leave

Why Arsenal let Ramsey leave

Arsenal head of football Raul Sanllehi has explained the club’s reasoning behind allowing midfielder Aaron Ramsey’s contract to run down.

Ramsey’s controversial exit has been a big topic for some time now.

The Welshman has been a brilliant servant for the Gunners and has also been pivotal in Arsenal’s run to the Europa League final this season.

However, his contract will expire this summer and he will join Juventus for free.

That comes after Arsenal effectively pulled their contract offer from the table, deciding against keeping Ramsey.

At the time, the midfielder was stunned, claiming he didn’t know why Arsenal withdrew their offer.

Now, though, Gunners’ head of football Raul Sanllehi has explained why the club pulled their offer.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 02: Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FC at Wembley Stadium on March 02, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

‘We had to be responsible for ourselves and protect the interests of Arsenal’

Speaking ahead of the Europa League final next week, Sanllehi claimed that meeting Ramsey’s demands would have caused ‘an imbalance that would have been harmful for the team’s sake in the medium and longer term.’

‘We had to be responsible for ourselves and protect the interests of Arsenal,’ Sanllehi explained, as quoted by the Mail. 

‘We realised we were going to cause an imbalance that would have been harmful for the team’s sake in the medium and longer term.’

Despite giving his reasoning, Sanllehi also claimed that Arsenal have to avoid a situation like that in the future.

‘The position of the club, of losing a player of the quality — not only the football quality but the human quality and club identification — of Aaron, we have to avoid that. It’s not correct for us,’ he continued.

 

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