Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi has admitted mistakes were made over Aaron Ramsey, but the club simply couldn’t break their wage structure to keep him.
The Wales international is leaving the Emirates Stadium to join Juventus on £400,000-a-week after failing to agree fresh terms with the Gunners.
He is bringing to an end an 11-year stint in north London, having signed from Cardiff City in 2008.
Many Arsenal supporters are feeling regretful over Ramsey’s departure, with the midfielder undoubtedly one of the club’s best players.
And those fans will surely not take the latest comments of Sanllehi well.
The Spaniard admitted, as quoted by football.london: “Now, we have to be responsible on how we manage the club. One of the key things for me – and I’ve seen that happening in other clubs – one of the key things is to keep the rationality in the salary balance of the team.
“He was really keen on staying with us, he was ready to make the effort but at the end of the whole process we had to be responsible for ourselves and protect the interests of Arsenal.
“We realised we were going to cause an imbalance that would have been very harmful for the team’s sake in the medium and longer term.”
Sanllehi’s admission will not go down well with supporters, who will point to the £350,000 earned every week by Mesut Ozil (via The Telegraph).
Perhaps Ramsey might have remained an Arsenal player had the club shown genuine desire to keep him.
Appropriate player sales should have funded a suitable contract offer for a star player who has given over 10 years to the club.
Sanllehi’s comments about protecting Arsenal’s interests simply aren’t going to wash while Ozil rakes in as much money as he does.
The situation was made difficult with Ramsey having been allowed to enter the final year, but that is something that never have happened.