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ARSENAL boss Unai Emery must keep Aaron Ramsey in order to avoid history repeating itself.
That’s according to former Gunners defender Martin Keown.
The Welshman scored a stunning goal in yesterday’s clash with Fulham, finishing off an exquisite passing move with a clever finish as Arsenal won 5-1.
Ramsey is out of contract at the end of the season and reports suggest he’s set to leave the club after the Gunners withdrew their offer of a new deal.
Arsenal have history of allowing star players to join their biggest rivals and Ramsey has been heavily linked with Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool.
And Keown has urged the club to rethink their stance on the 27-year-old, insisting he could go down as one of their greatest players.
“Aaron Ramsey sent a clear message as he gestured with his outstretched arms in celebration of his wonderful goal at Craven Cottage,” he told the Daily Mail.
“This is what you get if you are prepared to pay the money.
“That sensational goal was all of Unai Emery’s work coming to fruition.
“Each player was inspired, brimming with confidence and on top of their game.
“The fans sung ‘We’ve got our Arsenal back’ and they were right to do so.
“As well as flair, their team displayed a competitive edge and ruthlessness in front of goal that was missing away from home last season.
“Regardless of whether they started the match or came off the bench, every player knew they were a vital cog in Emery’s system.
“Ramsey — who is yet to sign a new contract — could have sulked after being named as a substitute but he is not that sort of player.
“He entered the fray hungry to make sure Arsenal won this match.
“When you are building something, it is crucial that you hold on to your identity.
“This is a player who has spent a decade with Arsenal, the scorer of winning goals in two FA Cup finals.
“New managers need players like Ramsey who acutely understand the demands of playing for their football club.
“He is a role model in the way he works, trains and plays with such drive.
“Should he see out his career at the Emirates, Ramsey will go down as an Arsenal great