Unai Emery has singled Aaron Ramsey's performance against Blackpool out for praise as Arsenal reached the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup with a 2-1 victory over the Tangerines at the Emirates Stadium.
The Wales international, who played the full 90 minutes on Wednesday evening, is being touted to leave the Gunners for free at the end of the season after being told why he will not be offered a new contract following a breakdown in negotiations.
When quizzed on Ramsey's future, Emery remained coy, saying he was pleased with his performance and his focus against Blackpool.
"For me, he worked very well," Emery told Sky Sports. "I spoke with him last week and I want his focus with us.
"I am very happy with his performance, with his work and on the whole he helped us."
When asked about Ramsey's contract situation again, he added: "For me it's on the pitch. Each training, each match like today."