Arsenal boss Unai Emery tells Aaron Ramsey to focus on performance
Unai Emery has told Aaron Ramsey to focus on his football and not on his future as his contract impasse at Arsenal continues.
The Gunners have seen on-pitch matters overshadowed by drawn-out contract negotiations in recent seasons with Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Jack Wilshere.
Ozil agreed fresh terms in January to become the best-paid player in the club's history, and reports suggest Ramsey, whose own deal expires at the end of the current season, wants to move closer to the wage of his German team-mate.
Emery picked Ramsey in the opening weekend defeat to Manchester City but the Wales midfielder came off early in the second half before being dropped to the bench for last weekend's trip to Chelsea.
Now the new Arsenal head coach has called on Ramsey to keep his mind on playing well for the club and not be distracted by things away from the pitch.
"I spoke with him last week," Emery said when asked about Ramsey's situation. "I said: I want you focused only on training and only on the match, you show us the capacity to help the team.
"The contract is another thing for his agent and the club but we want and I need his focus only on training, only on the match and on his performance each day."
Asked whether he felt the required level of focus had been missing from Ramsey, Emery replied: "I don't know but I am thinking in the present. I spoke with him last week but now, today, my focus is on the match and I want the player to be focused only on Saturday."
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