Arsenal players 'delighted' to play for Arsene Wenger, says Aaron Ramsey

Aaron Ramsey talks about all the problems surrounding Arsenal at the moment

Aaron Ramsey says Arsenal's players are 'delighted' to play for Arsene Wenger, as the manager continues to attract speculation over his future.

The Gunners have recently gone through a poor spell of form, prompting some fans to call for the Frenchman to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season.

While there is no news yet on Wenger's future at the Emirates, Ramsey says the squad are more than happy to play under their current boss, although they do not know his plans.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wasn't giving much away about his potential new contract in his pre-match news conference this morning

"The manager hasn't said anything about it. He's our manager and we're delighted to play for him," Ramsey told Soccer Saturday ahead of the Monday Night Football game with Crystal Palace.

"He's been brilliant for us so hopefully we can repay him by finishing off this season strongly and hopefully win something for him.

"As players, we haven't really discussed it, we just want to go out there and try to win the game so we're focused and trying to work hard throughout the week to put it right at the weekend.

"We're professional footballers so we have to go out there and perform as best we can and try and get the results that we want. There's a lot of things going on at the moment but we have to turn a blind eye to that and concentrate on what we are here to do."

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Arsenal are still in the hunt for a Premier League top-four finish and sit outside the places by four points although they do have a game in hand, as do Manchester United just below the Gunners on goal difference.

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Ramsey is focused on Monday's trip to Selhurst Park, which he hopes can push Arsenal further towards their top-four goal.

"It's very tight and we know that anyone can beat anyone else in this league and nothing is set in stone," the Wales international added.

"It is a very unpredictable league so we have to be on our toes and up for the fight in every single game because otherwise you get punished.

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"You can see teams that are taking points from the sides at the top so we just have to focus on ourselves now and hope to finish the season in the top four with a final at the end of the year.

"Crystal Palace is always a tough place to go and they have some quality players in their team. We know with a Sam Allardyce team that they are very well organised, very strong and dangerous from set pieces too.

"We're going to have to match that and be up for the fight. Hopefully our quality will come through but we can't underestimate them.

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"I think we have just been through a bit of a tough patch but hopefully we have came out of that now and we still have a lot of things to play for this season, such as the top four and the FA Cup. Hopefully we can finish off strongly and all the players are determined to achieve that."

The midfielder has also been in contact with Everton defender Seamus Coleman - who broke his leg while playing against Ramsey's Wales for the Republic of Ireland last month - with the 26-year-old suffering a similar injury in 2010 after a tackle from Ryan Shawcross.

"I contacted him and gave him a bit of advice of what I went through myself and to tell him to stick at it and he will come back from it stronger and hopefully as quickly as possible," Ramsey said.

Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman is injured during the World Cup Qualifying, Group D match v Wales at the Aviva Stadium
Image: Aaron Ramsey reached out to Seamus Coleman after his leg break last month

"It's a bad injury but it's one you can definitely come back from. It takes a lot of hard work and listening to the right people to get you back out onto the pitch but I have no worries that he will achieve that. I wish him all the best in his recovery and we don't wish that upon anybody."

See the full interview with Ramsey on Soccer Saturday from 12pm this weekend and catch Crystal Palace v Arsenal live on Monday Night Football from 7pm.

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