Former Premier League player Andy Townsend is of the opinion that the current contract saga involving Arsenal and Aaron Ramsey was fuelled by the latter’s German teammate, Mesut Ozil.
According to him, the huge weekly wages that the 2014 World Cup winner commands at the club played a major role in the Welsh international star’s financial demands during the contract talks between Arsenal and Ramsey’s representatives.
Mesut Ozil signed a new three-year deal with the Gunners in February with his previous Arsenal contract some few months from its expiration.
The new deal reportedly includes a weekly wage of around £350,000 and Aaron Ramsey was followed suit by asking for the same wage bracket during his contract talks.
Ramsey Joined the club in 2008 from Welsh side Cardiff City for a fee in the region of £5m and has since become a key player for the North London giants.
The 55-cap Welsh midfielder has been in contract talks with the club for the better part of the last six months with less than a year remaining on his current contract.
His financial demands led Arsenal to withdraw their contract offer with reports claiming that the club is willing to sell him during the January transfer window.
In his reaction to the latest development via Sky Sports, Andy Townsend was quick to point out Ozil’s hefty weekly wages as the catalyst for the current contract standoff between Arsenal and Aaron Ramsey.