Aaron Ramsey: Arsenal issue 75-word statement after Juventus transfer confirmed

After 11 years and over 350 appearances in all competitions, Ramsey will join Juventus from July 1 on a four-year-deal as free agent.

He will earn around £400,000 per week, which will make him the highest-paid British player of all time.

Arsenal said: “Everyone at Arsenal Football Club wishes Aaron Ramsey a happy and successful future.

“Aaron’s made a fantastic contribution to our club since joining from Cardiff City in 2008.

“He has always been a consummate professional and will always have a special place in the hearts and memories of Arsenal fans around the world.

“We look forward to Aaron helping the team to a strong end to this season before he joins Juventus in the summer.”

In a statement posted on his social media accounts, Ramsey thanked Arsenal fans and vowed to give 100 per cent for the club until he leaves in the summer.

“I wanted to issue a personal statement for all the Arsenal fans who have been extremely loyal and supportive.

“You welcomed me as a teenager and have been there for me through all the highs and lows I’ve encountered during my time at the club.

“It is with a heavy heart that I leave after 11 incredible years in North London. Thank you.

Former Wales international, Iwan Roberts, accused Arsenal fans of not appreciating Ramsey enough.

"They haven't appreciated him from the first day he walked through the door," he said.

"We [in Wales] would rather see him go to Juventus. He could do with a fresh start."

While Ramsey's former Wales team-mate Danny Gabbidon has backed the midfielder to add extra quality to Juventus.

"If you look at Juventus and the make-up of their midfield, he will bring something that they don't have," says Gabbidon.

"They have Emre Can, Sami Khedira, Miralem Pjanic, Blaise Matuidi - none of those are players who get in the box and have that goalscoring threat, so I'm sure that's why Juve have identified him.

"Juve are dominant so if he goes there he's going to be winning league titles, but Serie A is becoming more competitive with Napoli and Inter Milan competing again."

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February 12, 2019

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  • Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri pleased to get back to winning ways with Malmo victory

    Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri pleased to get back to winning ways with Malmo victory

    s of Manchester City on Sunday by recording their first win on the road since December.</p><p>Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud netted for the Blues, ensuring they will take two away goals and a one-goal advantage back to Stamford Bridge for next week's return fixture.</p><p>And Sarri was pleased with the performance - although he would have liked a greater winning margin.</p><p>Maurizio Sarri was pleased to return to winning ways against Malmo in the Europa League</p><p>Goals from Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud ensured a routine victory against the Swedish side</p><p>'We were in control of the match, I think we deserved to win with more goals, but I am happy because we played with confidence and it wasn't very easy after the last match (a 6-0 defeat against Manchester City),' said Sarri.</p><p>'We conceded a goal on a mistake, it can happen, but the level of attention was really very good. I am very happy but we know very well that we have to gain the qualification in the next match.</p><p>'I am always confident, but sometimes we had the wrong approach with matches, so we need to be careful in every match.'</p><p>Sarri has come under fierce criticism in the wake of his side's heavy defeat to the league champions.</p><p>Captain Cesar Azpilicueta said it was important to react well to the Manchester City defeat</p><p>Questions have been raised about his football philosophy and the willingness of his squad to implement his ideas. </p><p>But the Blues are still fighting on four fronts -  with the Carabao Cup final to come at the end of the month - and captain Cesar Azpilicueta is determined to return to winning ways, starting with Monday's FA Cup tie with Manchester United.</p><p>'It's very important (reaction to City), Chelsea is all about winning,' said Azpilicueta. </p><p>'Sunday was unacceptable, we had our reaction today but we need consistency, we have an important game on Monday against Manchester United, we know what it means to everyone, those games, we are the current champions of the competition (FA Cup) so we will try to get through.'</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday &amp; Metro Media Group</p>

    1 February 15, 2019

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