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Arsenal legend Keown: Ramsey debacle shows our level

Arsenal legend Martin Keown has slammed the club for not offering Aaron Ramsey a new contract.

The midfielder has been allowed to leave the club at the end of the season, with Juventus reported to be his likely destination.

And Keown told the Daily Mail: "If Arsenal are admitting they are only able to sign loan players, then it is staggering that they are happy to let one of their prized assets leave for nothing.

"Juventus looks the most likely destination for Aaron Ramsey when his contract runs out at the end of the season. The Italian champions must be rubbing their hands together.

"Ramsey has conducted himself with great dignity this season but it is astonishing that Arsenal, a powerhouse in the English game, could not put together a package to keep him.

"The team are still formidable going forward. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are good enough to grace any team in the Premier League's top six.

"But the £100 million spent to sign those players last season and hefty wages given to other star players has led to this situation.

"Unai Emery must look at his back line - where they are short at centre half - and wish he could bring in reinforcements. After all, Arsenal are only three points off the top four.

"Emery is finding that decisions made before he arrived have left him with his hands tied."

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