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Aaron Ramsey in line for new Arsenal Contract

Arsenal will open up discussions over a contract extension with Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey as they seek to avoid him entering the final year of his Gunners deal.

The north London outfit are likely to rue delayed contract discussions with their players following the critical situation they find themselves in this summer. Both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez have been reluctant to extend their contracts in recent months, and the club are supposedly mulling over their potential sales with their deals due to expire next summer.

Ramsey, 26, had managed to evolve into a regular for the FA Cup holders despite his calf niggles, and the switch to the new 3-4-2-1 formation had seen the best of his qualities last term. Ramsey popped up with yet another Cup-winning goal for the Gunners, and his attribute of finding the net from such situations makes him a valuable asset in the squad. The former Cardiff City lad formed a regular partnership with Granit Xhaka in central midfield which impressed in the backend of the season, and Wenger is keen to keep hold of his creative playmaker.

According to The Mail, the Gunners’ hierarchy have hired a new administrator to take care of the players’ contracts as they look to avoid a similar situation to that of Sanchez and Ozil. Ramsey currently earns a package of £100,000 a week, and a probable extension could see him become the club’s joint highest earner at £160,000 a week alongside German international Mesut Ozil. Ramsey has maintained a fairly decent scoring record with the Gunners, but last season was an exception as he largely craved for his Euro 2016 form. The Welshman has netted 47 goals in 297 outings for Arsenal since as a 17-year-old in the summer of 2008. He is also a top performer for Chris Coleman’s team with 46 caps to date.