Keown believes selling Mesut Ozil would have made more sense.
Martin Keown has blasted Arsenal again for failing to hand Aaron Ramsey a new deal.
The Gunners legend isn't happy the Wales international, who scored in Arsenal's 2-0 win over Napoli in the Europa League on Thursday night, will be leaving for Juventus on a free transfer this summer, saying it would have been better to let Mesut Ozil leave instead.
Keown has labelled the situation a "sad" one, and also said Ramsey is not to blame.
"He's at his peak and he's leaving to go to another football club," Keown told BT Sport.
"I think he's been harshly treated. I know there's been the Ozil situation and if I was picking between Ozil and Ramsey, it'd have to be Ramsey."
"It's a sad situation. He's a victim of circumstances. He's continued to mature as a player and develop.
"He's a real leader in this Arsenal team. Playing in a deeper role, as he did under Arsene Wenger, I think that's the best role for him if you want him and Ozil in the same team.
"He's so important to everything they do. It's the energy and the quality at the end of it. He really has become an outstanding technician."