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ARSENAL boss Unai Emery has hailed Aaron Ramsey’s ‘qualities and experience’ despite him being set to leave the club.
Ramsey came on as a second half substitute in yesterday’s dramatic north London derby and helped inspire Arsenal to a famous 4-2 win over rivals Tottenham.
Ramsey, and fellow sub Alexandre Lacazette, played a key role in getting the Gunners back in it after Spurs had turned the game around to lead 2-1 at the break.
The Welshman set up two goals in the second 45 but he is still set to depart the Emirates in the near future.
Arsenal withdrew a contract offer to the 27-year-old earlier this season and he’ll call time on his Gunners career in the summer.
Asked about Ramsey’s contribution yesterday, Emery said: “I was thinking first about the first XI, then I was looking at the decisions, choosing the first XI with different possibilities.
“Aaron has chances to help us, either by starting the match or when the match is in the second half to play minutes.
“Above all today can be his day. Because it’s against Tottenham and he has experience of matches like today.
“We are continuing with him in our process, helping him to be with us with his performances, with his qualities and his experience here.”
On his inspired changes at the break, Emery added: “Before I started the match I prepared in my mind different situations in the match.
“One was this. Why? Because Lacazette has very big efficiency in scoring against every team and because Aaron has experience against Tottenham and in derby matches.”