Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey was linked to Italian giants AC Milan earlier this week. The former Wales captain featured 333 times for the Gunners, scoring on 58 occasions. Sky News suggested that Ramsey, who was last season's Player of the Season at the Emirates, could be set to follow the controversial CEO Ivan Gazidis, who is supposedly being pursued by the Milan based side.

Ramsey’s Arsenal contract expires at the end of the season which means he can talk to foreign clubs in January. With Mesut Ozil earning £300k a week, the former-Cardiff midfielder is reportedly holding out for an improved deal. Both Manchester United and Chelsea were linked in the summer, according to Express UK, but it looks like Ramsey could be set to make the move abroad.

Ramsey key for Arsenal

The Sun, Express, Daily Mail, Daily Star and Metro have all reported on the link and it would no doubt be a blow for Arsenal fans. Ramsey has hit ten or more goals in three of the last five seasons and has become an increasingly influential figure at the Emirates.

The Arsenal number 8 scored the winning goal in both the 2014 and 2017 FA Cup triumphs and was dubbed “the best attacking midfielder in the Premier League” by Steven Gerrard back in 2015. Ramsey made his Wales debut aged 17 and featured in the 2016 UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament after playing a key role in Wales’ run to the semi-final.

Arsenal went into the international break on six-points following back-to-back wins. The Gunners had lost their opening two matches under Unai Emery [VIDEO] and aim to make it three wins on the trot when travelling to Newcastle this Saturday.

Ramsey has started three of four league games so far this season.

Ramsey's Arsenal career has had its ups and downs

Emery replaced Arsene Wenger this summer, who left the Gunners after 22-years in charge. Winning three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups during his stint in charge, Wenger was the man who brought a 17-year-old Ramsey to the Emirates back in 2008 for £4.8 million after the Welshman had met with Manchester United and Everton.

It wasn’t all plain sailing for the midfielder, though. In 2010 Ramsey missed seven months after suffering a double fracture in his right-leg away at Stoke. Ramsey actually netted at the San Siro last season, as Arsenal beat Gennaro Gattuso’s AC Milan 2-0 in the first-leg of their last 16 Europa League tie. The Gunners would go on to progress 5-1 on aggregate.