By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Aaron Ramsey has held showdown talks with Arsene Wenger about his Arsenal future, according to a report.
Gunners blogger AFCamden has claimed on his website that Ramsey had clear-the-air discussions with Wenger in the wake of his outstanding tournament for Wales at Euro 2016.
It is said that the 25-year-old was concerned about being regularly overlooked for a central midfield role at Arsenal last season as well as being disappointed with how the club had managed his injuries.
Wenger reacted by firmly shutting the door on the possibility of Ramsey leaving amid interest in him from Manchester City and Manchester United.
AFCamden, who has broken a number of Arsenal transfer, contract and injury stories, reports that the Arsenal manager also promised that there would be a better management of his workload this season as well as a more centrally managed role in which he would be given the chance to play in his favourite position.
Ramsey was a key player in an advanced central midfield role as Chris Coleman’s side defied the odds to reach the semi-finals of Euro 2016 in the summer.
Despite Wenger’s assurances, Ramsey suffered another hamstring injury in Arsenal’s 4-3 opening-day defeat to Liverpool and has subsequently missed the last five Arsenal matches.
Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla have emerged as the team’s first-choice central midfield pairing, starting the last three matches together, including consecutive Premier League wins.
Ramsey spent large portions of last season playing out wide on the right flank and his goal output was subsequently reduced, with his 40 matches, 34 of which were starts, yielding six goals.
Before he suffered the first of seven hamstring and thigh injuries to halt his progress in the second half of his breakthrough 2013-14 campaign, the Wales international was one of the outstanding players in the Premier League. Indeed, he scored 16 goals that season, 15 of which came in the Premier League and Champions League.
In other Arsenal transfer news, the club are in a four-horse race to sign an £80million-rated striker.