Aaron Ramsey has claimed that there was a lot of confusion about his future at Arsenal and that caused him to swap the Emirates for Juventus. The Welsh midfielder signed for Juventus on a bosman this summer but a pre-existing injury saw him miss the start of the season and his Arsenal farewell.
The former Cardiff City midfielder left Arsenal for Turin in the summer on a contract reportedly worth around £400,000 per week. However, Ramsey only left after a contract offer at Arsenal was taken off the table after what was a lot of confusion over the Welshman’s future at the Emirates. Yet that seems to have worked for the 28-year-old with Maurizio Sarri changing his system to fit Ramsey after being impressed with his performances.
A pre-existing hamstring injury saw him miss the start of the season but the Welsh midfielder has made up the time, even scoring his first goal for the club and has started three successive league games. Yet in an interview, Ramsey went on to reveal that there was a lot of confusion over his future at the club and that caused him to leave the Emirates.
“Yes. It was in the end. There was a lot of confusion and a lot of things were up in the air. The decision was made and that was the situation, so I had to look at other options. Arsenal are going through a transitional period at the moment. They have many great players and a lot of talent coming through. They are definitely going in the right direction - but my situation now is at Juventus,” Ramsey told the BBC.
"I have an unbelievable opportunity at a massive club. I just want to be part of this now. Hopefully, I can help my team-mates and my club achieves some great things on the big stage. There is a family feeling about the whole club [Juventus]. Everybody is in it to achieve one thing: to win football matches and trophies. Everybody is driven and very focused on what they need to be doing.”
The Turin giants now have a star-studded team, something they’ve always had, with the additions of Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot and even Danilo over the summer. They join the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuain and Miralem Pjanic with an eye on winning the treble, including the Champions League trophy, for the first time in a long time. Yet with a transitional phase under new boss Maurizio Sarri, Ramsey believes that the Italian’s ideas will take time to implement.
“It has been great so far. There have been new ideas and new information which we are working hard to try to put into practice. At times it hasn't worked as well as we would have liked, but in other parts it really has. We are slowly getting better in terms of what he wants to implement and understanding our roles and responsibilities more.
“This club has been so good and so dominant for so long. We know other teams have improved and are trying to knock us off top spot. But this place is all about winning and that is what we are striving for,” concluded the Welshman.