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Sunday 26 May 2019

Wenger: Arsenal to miss Aaron

Ramsey has signed a pre-contract agreement with Juventus. Pic: PA
Ramsey has signed a pre-contract agreement with Juventus. Pic: PA

Arsene Wenger believes losing Aaron Ramsey’s unique qualities in midfield will be a setback for Arsenal.

The Wales international has signed a pre-contract agreement with Juventus and will officially join the Turin club on July 1, once his existing deal with the Gunners expires.

The 28-year-old has spent the last 11 years in north London - largely under the stewardship of Wenger, who signed the midfielder from Cardiff when he was still a teenager in 2008.

Speaking at the Laureus Sport for Good presentation, Wenger said: “It will be a loss for Arsenal. I must say it will be an interesting move for Ramsey.

“He is a player who is great going forward. His main quality is he can keep the final ball and he makes interesting runs from deep.

“You don’t find many players today who can make midfield runs off the ball. It will be an interesting addition for Juventus.”

Wenger has been out of work since leaving the Emirates Stadium at the end of last season although he continues to be linked with a host of top management positions - including at Real Madrid and Paris St Germain. The Frenchman said in October that he expected to return to management by the start of this year although he was unable to shed any light on his future on Sunday.

He added: “My future is unknown - even for me. I enjoy daily life now and I have been travelling a lot recently all over the world.”

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