Arsenal must avoid Ramsey errors
Arsenal & # 39; s Head of Football Raul Sanllehi says the club "must avoid" and repeats the kind of mistakes that caused them to lose midfielder Aaron Ramsey on free transfer.
Ramsey is leaving the Gunners this summer to join Italian giants Juventus after his contract in North London has ended, ending an 11-year stay at the club.
Speaking on the Arsenal website, Sanllehi, who joined Barcelona in February 2018 as part of a radical renewal of the club's hierarchy, confirmed that the Welshman was keen to stay in the Emirates.
However, because Arsenal was unable to compete with the lucrative wages offered elsewhere, they eventually decided to separate.
"For circumstances, whatever it was, we went to the final year of his contract – that's a problem," Sanllehi said. "If you have reached the final year of the contract because of the way it is designed, there are many clubs that can get that player for free.
"Because of not upgrading Aaron on time, we were in a situation where Aaron had incredible offers. He really wanted to stay with us and he was ready to make an effort, but at the end of the whole process we are responsible for ourselves and protect the interests of Arsenal.
"We realized that we would cause an imbalance that would have been very damaging because of the team."
It is not the first time that Arsenal has seen major players expire from their contracts. Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez were both about to leave last season for nothing, before the former signed a huge new contract and the latter was brought to Manchester United in a direct exchange for Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Returning, Captain Robin Van Persie was sold to United in an advantageous deal with only 12 months to execute his contract, and Sanllehi is convinced that Ramsey & # 39; s will be the latter case, even if it means making the difficult decision to sell star players earlier.
"We must be responsible for the way we manage the club," he added. "One of the most important things for me – and I've seen it happen in other clubs – is to keep the team's rationality in the salary balance.
"At the end of the day, the problem was that we had reached the last year of the contract. If you really want to keep that player, you have to renew it earlier. If we can't get an extension for that, we might have to sell.
"The position of the club to lose a player of quality, not just football quality but also human quality, like Aaron – we have to prevent that."