Arsenal have been accused of ‘losing control and losing power’ over player contracts following reports Aaron Ramsey is set to leave the club at the end of the season.
The Wales international is in the final year of his deal with the Gunners has been locked in talks over fresh terms.
However, reports on Wednesday emerged that those negotiations have now broken down, meaning the midfielder is expected to leave next summer in a free transfer.
This isn’t the only time Arsenal have invited criticism over contracts – Alexis Sanchez had just six months to run on his deal before he left for Manchester last January, while Mesut Ozil held the club to ransom when he signed a new bumper deal worth £350,000-a-week.
Ramsey also isn’t the only player who currently stands to leave the club for nothing next summer, with three other first-team players all out of contract at the end of this season.
And former Wales striker Dean Saunders can’t believe the Gunners are allowing a player of Ramsey’s quality to go for nothing.
“I can’t understand it,” the 75-cap Welshman told Jim White.
“He’s been at Arsenal for ten years and they’ve let his contract run down. And it’s not just him, it happened with Ozil and it happened with Sanchez.
“Once the players can see the finishing line on their contract, you’ve lost all control as a club.
“They managed to keep hold of Ozil, but it has cost them an absolute fortune, and now this is what happens, the players are knocking on the door saying: ‘If he’s getting that, what are you going to give me?’ The bar has gone up.
“It’s a game of poker now, but Arsenal have lost the power. Ramsey and his agent have got the power now, because he can just let his contract run out and leave for nothing.”
The 27-year-old midfielder will have no shortage of suitors should he leave the Emirates Stadium next year.
And, asked if the Welshman can play at the highest level, Saunders added: “Yes he can.
“Arsene Wenger played him everywhere across in the midfield and he is a massively important player for Wales
“He can do a bit of everything, he sees passes, he’ll go box to box and he covers more ground than most players – at the Euros I think he covered more ground than every other player.”
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