The Aaron Ramsey story KEEPS chugging along. I mean, I’m grateful right now because international week is seriously dull, but outside this moment, I really can’t be dealing with the ongoing saga all season.
As it stands, the club want the Welshman gone in January so they can reinvest the money into a player they want.
Not surprisingly, Aaron doesn’t want to leave. He wants to do things on his own terms.
“So, I have to just carry on playing my football and do my best for Arsenal and I’ll leave the rest with the club now.
“That’s a decision that they have made. Things happen in football and you just have to get on with it and carry on playing the best I can. That is all I am concentrating on and giving my best for Arsenal.”
The Telegraph report the club pulled the deal. Apparently, the money and his ability weren’t quite matching in Emery’s head, so they pulled the plug.
The interesting part about this is there are a few rumors that the player is still interested and the club might come back in. I mean, twitter rumors, and we all know how shite most of those are.
“Everything has been going great with the club,”
“We thought we were in a position where we had agreed a deal, but that is no longer the case.
Ramsey’s arrogant agent looks like he had a major part to play in this mess, overplaying his hand in a big way. Word has it he was ghosting the club on minor contractual details when the player was ready to sign. Not a smart move when your client is asking for Ozil money. If the club even got close to that, it was massively above market rate for a player who struggles with fitness and consistency. Why would you be ignoring those emails? Possibly too busy running retweet competitions to amp up his agency profile?
Now that deal has been yanked, it’s had the double nightmare of removing the leverage he’d have had with Europe’s elite in January. You can’t now ask Juve for £300k a week. You can’t even ask them for £250k a week. He’s a sub £100k a week player at the moment. Most he’ll get is double, and that’d have to be in the Premier League with a club like Chelsea or United. Unless he has an incredible two months leading into January, it’s going to be very hard for any team to justify that sort of money.
Not impossible, but certainly more difficult when you’ve been snubbed by a rich Europa League club in your absolute prime. Demand is a beautiful thing when negotiating a new deal.
So now he’s left with two choices. Chase trophies and pray Juve want him, or try and get Arsenal to put that deal back on the table, possibly by firing his agent.
Personally, I’d be surprised if we were just willing to let him go on a free. It makes very little sense. It’d be even worse if the rumors of a £50m bid this summer were true. However, we have to trust in the process. Sven, Emery and Raul are a different breed of football folk. I sincerely believe there’s a plan and I still think there’s a whole lot of truth in this move being part of defying a CEO who was all about his own personal PR and saving face (still can’t believe we signed Ozil to that deal just for Ivan’s ego).
The one good thing about this whole nonsense is it appears to be the last parting gift of the old regime. Moving forward, players will go on contracts with optional extensions for the clubs. This is how Spurs operate. You give players slightly inflated contracts that are long and that come with an option. If we had Ramsey on that deal, we’d just extend him another year and flog him in January with no problems. That’s why I can’t buy into this ‘this is how football is going’ nonsense like the Bosman ruling only happened last week. This whole issue is about terrible planning and a distinct lack of vision on how to shape a sqaud beyond one transfer window.
However you add up this bullshit, it’s nice to see Arsenal in the driving seat for once. The big question is how ruthless will Emery be in pushing Ramsey out of the club. Will he bench him? Play him with the kids? Make him get changed on the lawn?
Right, that’s me done, see you in the comments.