IAN WRIGHT believes Ivan Gazidis is the man to blame for Arsenal’s best players being able to leave for cheap while branding the club a “terrible mess” with regards to player contracts.
Gazidis left his position as Arsenal’s chief executive in October to take up his new role as AC Milan’s CEO.
During his time at the Gunners, the 54-year-old was involved in player recruitment and also took on a pivotal role in the hiring of Unai Emery.
Ramsey joins a host of high-profile players to leave the club in recent years, with the 28-year-old signing a reported £400,000-a-week four-year deal at Juventus beginning next season.
His contract expires with Arsenal on June 30, meaning the north London side will get nothing for his exit despite the midfielder arguably entering his peak years as a player.
Jack Wilshere also left the club for free in 2018, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud have all left for cut-price deals over recent seasons.
And Wright, who played for Arsenal between 1991 and 1998, believes Gazidis should be taking the blame for the club’s financial difficulties and contractual issues as seen with cheap player exits.
“Gazidis has slipped off to Italy and left Arsenal in a terrible mess in respect of contracts what he’s done,” Wright told the Football Daily podcast.
“I’m not sure Ramsey could have turned down a deal like this.
“He’s just another player that got into a situation where he could run the contract down.
“When you consider what they have given out to Aaron Ramsey [from other clubs] they [Arsenal] just couldn’t afford to keep Ramsey alongside the players they’ve got at the moment with the contracts that they are on unfortunately.
“It comes down to mismanagement. We can’t get away from that we are losing a great player and it’s a great shame.”
Gazidis became Arsenal’s chief executive in November 2008, and after a 10-year stint at the club, was replaced by Vinai Venkatesham and Raul Sanllehi.
Venkatesham moved positions from chief commercial officer to managing director while Sanllehi swapped from head of football relations to head of football.
Ramsey, meanwhile, is set to see out the final months of his contract in an Gunners shirt before making the switch to Turin this summer.