Arsenal transfer news: 'Aaron Ramsey will be linked with 10 clubs in the summer,' claims former striker John Hartson

But ex-Wales international believes that Ramsey loves the club and can't see him leaving anytime soon

Arsenal could face a battle to keep hold of star midfielder Aaron Ramsey after his brilliant form this season could lead to interest from several high-profile clubs, claims former Arsenal striker John Hartson.

Ramsey made an electric start to the season that saw the Gunners rise to the top of the Premier League, but his lengthy injury lay-off coincided with Arsenal’s drop in form that ultimately cost them the title. Having returned in early April, Ramsey is now hoping to secure his first piece of silverware for Arsenal when they take on Hull in the FA Cup final on Saturday.

Read more: Mourinho was wrong to attack Wenger, says Arteta
Pires believes FA Cup win would provide massive boost

But Hartson, Ramsey’s Welsh compatriot, believes that his improvement this term will lead to interest from Europe’s best, and feels up to 10 clubs could show interest in a move for the 23-year-old.

“Aaron Ramsey will be linked to 10 clubs in the summer,” Hartson said.

“But I can't see him leaving Arsenal in the foreseeable future. He's settled and loves the club.”

He added: “He's a top player and Arsenal don't want to lose him.

“He may feel 'I've had one outstanding season and Arsenal stuck by me when I wasn't playing that great a few years ago'.

“When he does get linked and when bids come in for him that tells you he's doing exceptionally well.”

 

Ramsey suffered an horrendous broken leg while playing against Stoke in February 2010, and admitted earlier this season that it took him years to overcome the trauma of the injury and regain his confidence.

And having come under intense criticism for his poor form 18 months ago, Ramsey has transformed his performances at the Emirates and proved any of his critics wrong, justifying the faith shown in him from manager Arsene Wenger.

Read more: Arsenal plan celebratory bus parade...
...but so do Hull

The Wales international signed a five-year contract extension earlier this season and supporters are hopeful that the team can be built in years to come around the midfielder, and Hartson agrees that Ramsey has enjoyed a phenomenal year that has seen him score 15 goals for the Gunners despite the four-month absence.

“Aaron's done terrifically well. He's shown great mental strength," raved Hartson, who scored 14 times during a two-season spell with the north London club.

“Let's not forget 18 months ago at Arsenal he was facing a bit of a backlash from the home fans. They were thinking, 'he's not really stepped up his performances'.

“But he's found something. He's gone up a gear and he's so influential to Arsenal now and the way they play.”

John Hartson with Chris Coleman John Hartson with Chris Coleman Ramsey can help Arsenal end their nine-year trophy drought with victory at Wembley, having seen off defending champions Wigan in the semi-finals in their first visit to the national stadium since the 2011 League Cup final defeat to Birmingham. Ramsey was not selected in the squad that day, although six of his current team-mates did feature in the match, and they will be hopeful that history doesn’t repeat itself when they take on the Tigers.

Suggested Topics
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

The long walk west: they fled war in Syria, only to get held up in Hungary – now hundreds of refugees have set off on foot for Austria

They fled war in Syria...

...only to get stuck and sidetracked in Hungary
From The Prisoner to Mad Men, elaborate title sequences are one of the keys to a great TV series

Title sequences: From The Prisoner to Mad Men

Elaborate title sequences are one of the keys to a great TV series. But why does the art form have such a chequered history?
Giorgio Armani Beauty's fabric-inspired foundations: Get back to basics this autumn

Giorgio Armani Beauty's foundations

Sumptuous fabrics meet luscious cosmetics for this elegant look
From stowaways to Operation Stack: Life in a transcontinental lorry cab

Life from the inside of a trucker's cab

From stowaways to Operation Stack, it's a challenging time to be a trucker heading to and from the Continent
Kelis interview: The songwriter and sauce-maker on cooking for Pharrell and crying over potatoes

Kelis interview

The singer and sauce-maker on cooking for Pharrell
Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi?

Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia...

But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Humanity must be at the heart of politics, says Jeremy Corbyn
Joe Biden's 'tease tour': Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?

Joe Biden's 'tease tour'

Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?
Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

Britain's 24-hour culture

With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
Lady Chatterley's Lover: Racy underwear for fans of DH Lawrence's equally racy tome

Fashion: Ooh, Lady Chatterley!

Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
8 best children's clocks

Tick-tock: 8 best children's clocks

Whether you’re teaching them to tell the time or putting the finishing touches to a nursery, there’s a ticker for that
Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea