Published: Fri, July 27, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Emery comments on Arsenal contract offer to midfielder

Emery comments on Arsenal contract offer to midfielder

The Gunners continued their pre-season preparations with a penalty shootout defeat to Atletico Madrid in Singapore, and Ramsey admits the club are undergoing a period of adjustment.

Arsenal will be given permission by Sevilla to sign midfielder Steven Nzonzi from the Spanish club, provided the Gunners are prepared to meet his £36m release clause. For me, he's a very good person, a very good professional and he has a lot of experience in the football world.

New-look Arsenal left out controversy-hit Mesut Ozil but still impressed before they were edged 3-1 on penalties by Europa League champions Atletico Madrid in a friendly on Thursday.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery gave action to new signings Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Matteo Guendouzi but it was 17-year-old Smith-Rowe who took his chance with a fine individual goal.

"It's been two or three weeks since Aaron started training, he's been in top form, working really hard, so we can see it doesn't affect him at all". The club's previous captain, Per Mertesacker, retired in the summer so the position is vacant, and Emery believes Ramsey has the credentials to be a contender for one of the five roles on offer.

Arsenal star Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Henrikh Mkhitaryan wants Aaron Ramsey to stay at Arsenal

Said Emery: "The system for me isn't the most important.

I think about the match today first, then training tomorrow, the match on Saturday to continue our preparation", the Spaniard said. History has showed that Arsenal always gave opportunities to young players.

Unai Emery has challenged the rest of Arsenal's young players to follow the example set by Emile Smith Rowe.

"Rodrigo is doing very well, he has settled very well into the group", said Simeone, after the 22-year-old had put in a solid performance in holding midfield.

"Obviously, I came from the academy the same way Emile did, and I'm very happy that our club push these players the way they do".

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