Ramsey in talks over Arsenal future

"He has always been fully committed to taking Arsenal forward and is now working hard in Singapore with our new head coach Unai Emery as we prepare for the new season". "Very young kids, but we have been working with them these days to integrate them into a group which has been working together for seven years, with a very strong defensive structure". He's a very good person, a very good professional.

"I don't think Arsenal will sign anyone else this summer and they should be happy with the squad they now have", Pires told bwin.

"They know that Costa and Koke and all the rest of the players will rejoin us for the season in August, so right now what they're doing is important".

Gazidis has been at Arsenal since 2008 and played a key role in bringing Unai Emery to Emirates Stadium as a replacement for long-standing manager Arsene Wenger.

Guendouzi was handed his first start as an Arsenal player having appeared from the bench in the meeting with Boreham Wood earlier this month.

"But if the opportunity is there, I don't think any player would say "no" to it and I'm no different to that".

Emery hopes to convince Ramsey to commit his future to Arsenal by placing him at the centre of his new era, and there were glimpses of why he is valued so highly on Thursday afternoon.

Ramsey said: "The captaincy is a massive responsibility and it would be an honour to captain this club". "I said to you I want five captains in the team, then the numbers we are going to give to them, the first, the second, third, four and five".

However, the 29-year-old's high £35 million (Dh120m) release clause could prove problematic in the north London side's attempts to get the deal over the line.

Recent footage of Perez in pre-season has caused Arsenal fans to urge Emery to give the striker a chance, and he did just that, playing him in the final 30 minutes of the game.

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