Arsenal Transfer News: Aaron Ramsey Exit Fears Allayed Amid Gareth Barry Rumours

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistMay 17, 2014

Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey plays against Hull City during their English Premier League soccer match at Emirates Stadium in London, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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Arsenal fans will have been over the moon to see Aaron Ramsey enjoy the most prolific season of his career in 2013-14, but it's a natural by-product of that success that the midfielder now starts to draw in external attentions.

Speaking to BBC Sport this week, former Arsenal and Wales striker and John Hartson talked up the ability of his countryman, claiming that as many as "10 clubs" will be linked with his transfer, but adds that he does't think a move will come to fruition:

Aaron Ramsey will be linked to 10 clubs in the summer. But I can't see him leaving Arsenal in the foreseeable future. He's settled and loves the club. He's a top player and Arsenal don't want to lose him.

He may feel 'I've had one outstanding season and Arsenal stuck by me when I wasn't playing that great a few years ago'. When he does get linked and when bids come in for him that tells you he's doing exceptionally well.

It was only in March that the former Cardiff City man put pen to paper on a new five-year deal at the Emirates Stadium, indicating that Hartson's assessment of the bond he shares with the Gunners is an accurate one.

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Saturday sees Ramsey line up as part of Arsene Wenger's squad for the FA Cup final against Hull City, where the North Londoners will seek to end a nine-year trophy drought at Wembley. preview the encounter, saying that Ramsey will be one half of the fixture's key battle:

Should Ramsey remain with the club this summer, he may have a new midfield partner to link up with next term, too, after it emerged that Wenger is keen on the free transfer of Gareth Barry.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 15:  Gareth Barry of Everton in action with Craig Noone of Cardiff City during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Cardiff City at Goodison Park on March 15, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunski
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Barry impressed while on loan at Everton last season, and Chris McKenna of the Daily Star writes that Wenger is keen on cutting a cut-price deal for his services, but added that Toffees tactician "Roberto Martinez is desperate to keep him."

Bleacher Report's Stan Collymore named Barry as one of his most impressive veteran performers of the season following his temporary spell at Goodison Park:

The former Aston Villa man may not be the superstar name that Gunners were hoping to hear associated with their club this summer as they look to contend amongst the Premier League elite.

However, keeping hold of Ramsey's services would be considered a small coup in itself when considering the promise he shows when fit and healthy, with Barry's acquisition perhaps adding some useful depth to the ranks.