ARSENAL boss Unai Emery has praised Aaron Ramsey in the wake of his contract snub.
Arsenal withdrew their contract offer to Ramsey and he has now been told he will leave the club – either in the summer of January.
It emerged last night that Ramsey had been told he was free to leave in a face-to-face meeting with club officials.
It comes after Ramsey criticized the way his talks had been handled.
But, after Arsenal’s Carabao Cup win over Blackpool last night, Emery was positive with his analysis of Ramsey’s situation.
“He is working well,” Emery said. “He is focused with us, in training and in every match like today.
“The most important thing for me with Aaron is, I spoke with him last week, his spirit, his quality, his confidence.
“He played for 20 minutes against Crystal Palace and played with this spirit.”
Ramsey’s contract expires in the summer and he will be able to leave on a free unless he is sold in January.
Talks over a new deal were ended last month and Ramsey spoke out about the club’s handling of the situation.
“Hopefully somebody will come up and tell me why,” Ramsey said.
“I’ll accept that if there’s a reason.
“When the time is right, I probably will find out but that hasn’t happened yet.
“There is no contract on the table at the moment so there is nothing for me to consider or whatever.
“We all know that the contract was taken away off the table.
“I’m not sure exactly why because a few weeks before we sort of agreed and I was ready to sign.”
And the 27-year-old Wales star has been linked with a move to Manchester United and Liverpool, as well as clubs abroad.
Paul Merson thinks the contract breakdown is down to money.
“It seems to me that the manager has said: ‘I can get better somewhere else’,” Merson said earlier this month.
“The contract was on the table and Arsenal withdrew it, and it sounds like to me the manager has said: ‘Hold on a minute, I’m not giving him that kind of money, I can get a better player than that’.
“But giving a player £200,000-a-week is going to be a lot less than buying a £40m player and giving him £130,000-a-week. It’s typical Arsenal, isn’t it?
“How can they let the contract of a quality player like that run down? They’ve done it too many times now.
“When I was there when there was 18 months or two years left on your contract you were called in for another one.
“My contract never, ever went to less than 18 months at Arsenal.”
Carabao Cup draw latest
Arsenal and Tottenham will go head-to-head in a festive north London derby in the Carabao Cup quarter-final.
The Gunners and Spurs have been paired together after their respective fourth-round wins over Blackpool and West Ham.
They will meet at the Emirates in the week commencing December 17, just over two weeks after their Premier League battle at the same venue.
It will be a tie that both sides might have been keen to avoid as they both aim to get their hands on silverware.
Unai Emery is looking to get his Gunners tenure off to the best possible start while Mauricio Pochettino is still waiting for his first trophy at Spurs.
The two rivals last met in this competition in 2015, when Arsenal ran out 2-1 winners.
Chelsea’s reward for seeing off Derby, managed by one of their most decorated players Frank Lampard, is a home tie with Bournemouth.
Middlesbrough beat Crystal Palace on Wednesday and was handed a home game with League One Burton and a significant chance of progressing to the semi-final.
Reigning champions Manchester City play Fulham on Thursday and the winner will face either Leicester or Southampton.
That game was due to be played on Tuesday but was postponed following the tragic death of Foxes owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha on Saturday.