Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that a U-turn from the club led to Aaron Ramsey’s exit from North London.
Ramsey, whose contract at the Emirates ran out last summer, signed a pre-contract agreement with Juventus in February and joined the reigning Serie A champions ahead of the current campaign.
The midfielder has enjoyed a solid start to life in Turin, scoring two goals in eight appearances in all competitions but speaking to beIN Sports, Wenger – who left Arsenal two months after Ramsey – explained how the club retracted the offer of a new contract.
“In the end I met him once, he wanted to stay at Arsenal,” the 70-year-old said. “They had an agreement and the club came back on that, from what I understood.
“I tried [for] a long time to extend his contract but sometimes you have influences of agents as well. Every case is different and you have to understand in decision makings always who is influential – or not – when you make transfers.
“What I know from him, he was keen to stay.”
Ramsey scored 65 goals and registered the same number of assists in 371 appearances for the Gunners before his move to Italy.