Aaron Ramsey is stalling over signing a new contract at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)
Nigel Winterburn has warned Unai Emery that Manchester United and Chelsea will be at the front of the queue should Aaron Ramsey look to leave Arsenal.
Wales international Ramsey has developed into a key player for the Gunners since signing from Cardiff City in 2008 and Emery is desperate for him to stay.
But Arsenal are struggling to tie the 27-year-old down to a new long-term contract and Winterburn says top European clubs will be monitoring his situation.
"With less than a year remaining on his contract, Ramsey is in a very strong negotiating position and is also a very attractive proposition for a lot of big clubs around Europe," Winterburn told Sportingbet.
"I’m sure lots of top clubs are monitoring the situation and are ready to poach him.
"I think Manchester United and Chelsea will both battle it out to sign him if they feel he is seriously considering leaving Arsenal.
"I don’t think he could get into the Manchester City and Liverpool teams, but it would hurt Arsenal fans to see another of their superstars leave to a Premier League rival."
Former Arsenal and England defender Nigel Winterburn (Picture: Getty)
Winterburn, who played over 400 games for Arsenal, added: "I think Ramsey isn’t committing to a new Arsenal contract because he wants to see where they finish this season.
"With a new manager coming in, there’s a lot of uncertainty around the club and I would probably do the same.
"I think Ramsey loves the club, but he is looking around the dressing room and he isn’t convinced this group of players can qualify for major honours in the near future.
"Ramsey will want to find out Emery’s plans for him and the signings he is looking to make before he decides if Arsenal can match his ambitions.
Unai Emery will not want to lose Ramsey (Picture: Getty)
"He is perfectly entitled to ask for a wage he feels reflects his ability. If he is playing well regularly then he deserves to demand a salary on par with Ozil."
Arsenal have endured a mixed start to the new season, with victories over Cardiff City and West Ham following losses to Manchester City and Chelsea.
The Gunners currently sit ninth in the Premier League and Winterburn cannot see Emery’s side breaking into the top four.
"I think Arsenal will fall short and will fail to break into the top four this season," the former England defender added.