Former Arsenal striker Hartson expects big interest in midfielder Ramsey
Former Arsenal striker John Hartson believes the Gunners will have to brace themselves for a summer of interest in Aaron Ramsey, according to BBC Sport.
Hartson also stated his belief that his fellow Welshman will not have any particular desire to leave north London, however, and indeed the midfielder only signed a new five-year contract in March – meaning any interested parties would have to stump up some serious cash if they were to even tempt Arsenal into giving negotiations a thought.
Hartson said: “Aaron Ramsey will be linked to 10 clubs in the summer. But I can't see him leaving Arsenal in the foreseeable future. He's settled and loves the club.
“He's a top player and Arsenal don't want to lose him. He may feel 'I've had one outstanding season and Arsenal stuck by me when I wasn't playing that great a few years ago'.
“When he does get linked and when bids come in for him that tells you he's doing exceptionally well.”
Ramsey, who turned Man Utd down in order to sign for Arsene Wenger’s side from Cardiff in 2008, suffered a broken leg in early 2010 and has himself admitted it has taken years to get his confidence back, but his performances on the field certainly seem to indicate that level of comfort on the field has once again returned.
Ramsey did miss some of early 2014 through a thigh injury suffered on Boxing Day, but has contributed with goals and a high performance level either side of that setback – and Hartson believes his influence is testament to his character.
The former Wimbledon and Celtic striker continued: “Aaron's done terrifically well. He's shown great mental strength. Let's not forget 18 months ago at Arsenal he was facing a bit of a backlash from the home fans. They were thinking, 'he's not really stepped up his performances'.
“But he's found something. He's gone up a gear and he's so influential to Arsenal now and the way they play.”
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