George Graham comments on Arsenal's decision to let Aaron Ramsey join Juventus

11 February 1994 George Graham manager of Arsenal Football Club in his office at Arsenal Stadium, Highbury.

Aaron Ramsey continues to shine in the Premier League with Arsenal despite his impending move to Serie A champions Juve.

Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 0-1 during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FC at Wembley Stadium on March 2, 2019 in...

Former Arsenal midfielder George Graham believes the Gunners have made a huge error in allowing Aaron Ramsey to leave the Emirates on a free transfer, while speaking on Love Sport Radio.

The Welsh international will become the highest paid British footballer of all time when he swaps North London for Juventus in the summer, having agreed a lucrative £400,000 a week deal with the reigning Serie A champions, as reported by the BBC.

This came just weeks after reports emerged that Arsenal had decided to withdraw their contract offer, a decision that would allow Ramsey to leave the North London giants for absolutely nothing.

 

Since then, however, the former Cardiff City wonder kid has continued to perform at the highest level, scoring a superb goal in Monday’s 2-0 win against Newcastle United. And Graham is among those who believes that Ramsey still had plenty to offer as he enters the peak years of his career.

"Obviously, they've made a big mistake I think in letting Ramsey go,” said Graham, who coached Arsenal between 1986 and 1995.

"He's a quality player especially in an attacking sense.

Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team's first goal as Florian Lejeune of Newcastle United reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Newcastle United...

"He's not the best in midfield winning the ball back for you but he gets goals and is a great player going forward, not necessarily defending."

Question marks remain about whether Arsenal are capable of finding a player on the current market with the same quality as Ramsey.

Head coach Unai Emery has just £40 million to spend this summer, according to Football London, with PSG’s Christopher Nkunku and Cagliari’s Nicolo Barella (below) among those linked so far.

Nicolò Barella of Cagliari in action during the Serie A match between Cagliari and Juventus at Sardegna Arena on April 2, 2019 in Cagliari, Italy.

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