New Arsenal boss Unai Emery wants to build his team around Aaron Ramsey and he is desperate for the midfielder to sign a new contract.
While Jack Wilshere was recently moved on at the end of his deal, Emery is keen for Arsenal to avoid a similar situation with Ramsey, whose contract expires next year.
Talks have been ongoing with the Wales star over a new contract, with his deal set to expire in June 2019, but so far no new arrangement has been agreed.
Arsene Wenger would have made the call in the past but, with chief executive Ivan Gazidis now working closely with head of recruitment Sven Mislintat and head of football relations Raul Sanllehi, Emery does not have the final say.
However, Ramsey has caught the eye of the new head coach in training, who is keen to see him extend his stay.
“I’m very happy with him,” Emery added.
“For me, every day, every training session, he has the ambition I want. He’s working with a quality, the type of ability that I want. I want to work with him.
“This (the new contract) is one question for the player and for the club. In my opinion, I’ve said to Ivan, Raul and Sven that I think he’s an important player for me.”