Aaron Ramsey relishing working with Unai Emery at Arsenal

Aaron Ramsey has suggested his future lies at Arsenal after hailing Unai Emery’s arrival as an “exciting time” for the Premier League club.

The fact that Ramsey is set to enter the final 12 months of his contract has put question marks against his future at Arsenal.

Barcelona, Liverpool, and Manchester United have all been linked with the Wales midfielder in the past.

However, Ramsey, speaking after Wales’ 0-0 draw against Mexico in California, gave his backing to Emery, the former Sevilla and Paris St Germain manager.

Asked if he was looking forward to working with Emery, Ramsey replied: “Of course.

“I haven’t spoken to him at all yet, but I think it’s an exciting time for the club. I can’t wait to get back there now.”

Emery was appointed Arsenal manager earlier this month after Arsene Wenger’s 22-year reign came to an end.

Ramsey, signed from Cardiff in 2008, is soon to mark his 10th anniversary at Arsenal and is the longest-serving player at the club.

He suffered an ankle injury against Mexico, but battled on after taking the armband from the stricken Ashley Williams. Everton defender Williams suffered a suspected rib injury, which forced him to go to hospital for an X-ray.

“I rolled my ankle, but I’d taken the armband from Ash and I thought I had to stay on and do my bit for the team,” said Ramsey.

“It wasn’t the best surface in the world and my ankle is a bit sore.

“Hopefully, there will be no lasting damage and it will settle down over the next few days.

“It was always going to be difficult coming here against a good Mexico team, but we did well.

“In the first half, we played really well, we just couldn’t quite get the goal we needed.

“Apart from that, we hung on in the second half, so we are pleased with the result and the performance.

“The future of Wales is very bright and there are a lot of exciting young players coming through.

“Playing a lot of them in this game and in this sort of atmosphere will only give them that bit more confidence now going into the future.”



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