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
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
tv
Sport
Ojo Onaolapo celebrates winning the bronze medal
commonwealth games
Arts and Entertainment
Rock band Led Zeppelin in the early 1970s
musicLed Zeppelin to release alternative Stairway To Heaven after 43 years
Arts and Entertainment
Tracey Emin's 'My Bed' is returning to the Tate more than 15 years after it first caused shockwaves at the gallery
artTracey Emin's bed returns to the Tate after record sale
Environment
Neil Young performing at Hyde Park, London, earlier this month
environment
News
i100
News
Prince Harry is clearing enjoying the Commonwealth Games judging by this photo
people(a real one this time)
Sport
Lionel Messi looks on at the end of the final
football
Extras
indybest
News
Richard Norris in GQ
mediaGQ features photo shoot with man who underwent full face transplant
News
Gardai wait for the naked man, who had gone for a skinny dip in Belfast Lough
newsTwo skinny dippers threatened with inclusion on sex offenders’ register as naturists criminalised
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

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

Day In a Page

The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them altogether

Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them

Jonathon Porritt sounds the alarm
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz
A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on