Jérémie Aliadière has slammed Arsenal for allowing Aaron Ramsey to leave on a free because they struggle to attract the best players in the world.
The former Gunners striker came through the ranks at Highbury in his early career, playing alongside the likes of Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry in north London.
At the peak of his powers, Arsene Wenger masterminded the club to a Premier League title without losing a game in 2004.
However, as the Frenchman’s power began to wane, so did the club and the club’s hierarchy decided to replace Wenger with former Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery in the summer.
And the club will have to delve into the transfer window to replace another key figure at the Emirates when Ramsey joins Juventus in the summer – a decision the former Middlesborough and Leyton Orient striker cannot comprehend.
Aliadière told Jim White on talkSPORT: “It pains me every time I get to the Emirates and I see lately how well he is performing, knowing he won’t be there next season.
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“Having such a talent – and he is a team player – he will work for the team, he will do anything for the team before himself.
“He will see the benefit of the team.
“And just losing a player like this on a free, for me, is criminal.
“Arsenal has become a club which doesn’t attract too many top players because you just don’t really know what direction they are going in.
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“Which, with Arsene Wenger for 22 years, was the same direction.
“These days, it’s like everybody is a bit in limbo – you don’t really know if they are going to be there next season or not which is difficult for everybody.”
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