Ramsey end game is sad, but it shows the evolution at Arsenal

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The effects of the Ramsey contract renewal are still being felt… by the player.

“Hopefully somebody will come up and tell me why,”

“I’ll accept that if there’s a reason. When the time is right, I probably will find out but that hasn’t happened yet.

“There is no contract on the table at the moment so there is nothing for me to consider or whatever. We all know that the contract was taken away off the table. I’m not sure exactly why because a few weeks before we sort of agreed and I was ready to sign.”

“I think any player who is on the bench would be disappointed not to play but I’m part of the team and I want the team to do well,” he said. “We are all in it together to try and achieve the same objective. I’m going out and playing the way I have always played. I try to give my best for the team, help the team and try and go out there and play the best I can for myself as well. Nothing’s in my head when I’m out there; I’m just trying to have fun on the football pitch.

Kind of tough to read, he’s been an excellent servant to us, won 3 FA Cups, broke his leg and came back from hell… the fans love him. He’s one of our own, and it’ll be quite sad to see him exit.

I think the move is quite shocking, because we’ve been dicked around by players for the best part of 20 years. It feels alien that the board would initiate such an aggressive retraction. However, you can see why. Ozil bent us over the barrel with his outrageous deal, but at the very least, he has a commercial value. He’s the face of Adidas, he has sycophantic fanboy son all continents and he’s a world class player.

Aaron on the other hand is much admired, but he’s not kicked his game up to mega money levels. If you’re looking at this rationally, you have to look at the Welshman’s output and what £300k a week would mean for Emery’s ability to make big moves this summer.

How big has the impact been from Torreira? Massive. He’s earning no more than £65k a week. How much potential do we have in Matteo G? Unreal amounts. What’s he going to be earning, £40k a week. Then you have Ramsey, who can’t seem to operate with Ozil or Mikhi, hasn’t been able to cement a preferred positon at 28, and has suspect fitness… and he’s demanding  4.6x Torriera… I mean, that’s fucking insane.

I think the deal was pulled for a number of reasons. Firstly, Emery realised pretty quickly that Aaron at #10 was never going to be as sublime as Ozil. Then he probably noted that to be truly effective, you have to give him a free role… but he’s not really good enough to be afforded that sort of luxury. Emery needs cogs that work in his machine. Wenger had a crack at making art, but it eventually crashed us in also-rans.

The Aaron Ramsey debacle is what happens when you buy pieces without a grand vision. That’s why our squad is still in a mess. There was never a plan. Bottle them up, shake, pray for the best was the strategy and it just stopped working in the end. Sven, Raul and Emery now have to unpick the mess, and they’re going to struggle to do that with £600k worth of talent that can’t play together.

Ramsey was the sacrificial lamb. It’s cost him a fortune, and no doubt it’s set us back £50m in transfer fees.

But the show goes on… sport is ruthless, but it’s hard to feel too much for a man who makes more in a week than most do in a year. He’ll be ok, probably end up at United or Chelsea, and he’ll have a good close to his career.

At least he’s not going to Spurs.

I’m just excited big decisions are being made on data, guiding principles and a master plan.

We’ve dreamed of this… it’s happening… suck it up and enjoy the ride.

The real banter? Carl Jenks will be the last Brit standing from that famous British Core announcement. Guy has more sticking power than curry on a white a shirt. Legend. x


760 Responses to “Ramsey end game is sad, but it shows the evolution at Arsenal”

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  1. DaleDaGooner

    Hand ball……LOL I;ll take the goal…will the real Arsenal please stand up in 1H??? Laca arguing with AYEW, Hand ball, for the Holding torn shirt, take that

  2. Marko

    Oh that’s a handball. Pierre and his referee conspiracy/moan at the lack of VAR will be quiet for a few days.

    Torreira’s been the difference today. Absolutely everywhere

  3. Bamford10

    Good goal from Aubameyang on the back post. That required more athleticism and quick reflexes than some might realize.

    Did Laca touch that ball with his hand?

  4. TT

    Why cant we play as well in the 1st half as in the 2nd? Now having said that we are not that much better in this half but better…..

  5. Un na naai


    Fuck off you puss. He’s been good this season bar the game agaisnt city.
    What has he done wrong?

    You just can never admit you’re wrong. Which is an awful lot on the pages of Le Grove

  6. Dissenter

    Ozil is too passive for me. He should be drowning more players to him with the dribbling ability that he has.
    We all know what he can do on his good day but damn…

  7. karim

    Imagine what could be achieved once this team really gels and once a couple of additions are brought in..

    There’s definitely something going on with that bunch !

  8. S. Asoa

    Mustafi is a disaster who is safe only outside own Box
    Lichtenstein does the minimal but precise. Was good bringing him in for stability

  9. Goobergooner

    Can’t wait to see what the new arsenal can do.

    It’s actually come to one of those times Wenger was talking about with a few quality additions to take us to the next level. He actually probably knew he needed to be replaced while saying that hahaha.

  10. Joe

    I love this arsenal team. Only 14 games in Emery’s reign and it’s wonderful.

    Imagine after a couple TWs and some time for his ideas to flourish.

  11. useroz

    Laca should be off now. Poor passing putting team at risk several occasions.

    Ramsey time.

    Is Papa on bench??

    Not Mikki

    Who else on the bench.

    What’s going on the right side

  12. Rambo Ramsey

    “Xhaka is actually the very important player to Emery not Ramsey.”

    Yes, sooo important that he’s shoved out playing left back.

  13. DaleDaGooner

    We have to get our squad right by Liverpool, we are vulnerable at the back, Mesut doing fuck all but doesn’t want to come off

  14. Leftsidesanch

    Disappointed in Ozil today, he has a good game and never kicks on, poor today then lashes out in anger at being subbed.

  15. useroz

    Welbeck on for Ozil who was pissed off. Right choice.

    20+ min defence isn’t going to work.

    Need another goal.

    First composure.

    C’mon boys!!

  16. Un na naai

    What did ozil want there? He’s been shit as usual. Does he think one good performance every 6 months is enough to make him a permanent fixture??

    Little arse hole

  17. Claver

    Bamford10October 28, 2018 15:18:33
    I’m sorry, but that’s another poor touch from Iwobi and a give-away of possession. That’s the sixth time, by my count, that he has lost us possession. I know that people are happy about the work-rate he has been giving us, but he doesn’t have the quality to be in the XI, IMO. Not enough quality, not enough class.

    This is beginning to sound personal

  18. Rambo Ramsey

    Can someone tell me why our so called great midfield duo are completely failing to take control of the game?

  19. Dream10

    Feel like it was the wrong sub from Emery.
    Hope he brings on Mkhitaryan for Laca soon. Need to raise our technical ability

  20. Bob N16

    Personally I’m happy if he’s angry when substituted. Prefer that to a reaction that would suggest he doesn’t care.

  21. Dissenter

    “Can someone tell me why our so called great midfield duo are completely failing to take control of the game?”

    Both are young players in their first premier league season

    Hope that helps out.

  22. DaleDaGooner

    Auba gets pulled, Laca gets pulled off, why does Ozil think he’s above that?? Ramsey not even getting a sniff….the pulling of his contract says a lot, his non involvement says even more

  23. raptora

    The way that Zaha has not let us take the ball away of him even surrounded by 2, 3 of our own, he’d be a great addition. Definitely would do the job for us.

  24. Jamie

    Pierre, how great was Ozil today? Tell us again how he creates chances all day long and shouldn’t ever be asked to defend.

    Pierre a last week when Ozil puts in a shift for once:

    “I told you so! Ozil is the best we’ve ever had. You ‘fans’ don’t know anything!”

    Today, when Ozil reverts to type:


  25. TR7

    ‘Can someone tell me why our so called great midfield duo are completely failing to take control of the game?’

    Don’t blame it on Torreira and Matteo. Ozil, Iwobi ,Auba and Laca have been flat , they haven’t been able to hold on to the ball and create any meaningful pressure up top. Thanks to the work done by the duo we are still in the game.

  26. DaleDaGooner

    Everyone saying Auba isn’t played in his preferred position, he played there in Lisbon, he didn’t impress either, he gets and poaches goals, but he hasn’t been exceptional

  27. Joe

    It’s an away match in the PL

    There are no easy matches.

    We are winning. Who cares if our young MF isn’t controlling it

    Right now, 3 points away is all that matters.

    15 minutes left

    Come on Arsenal!!!

  28. Dream10


    I don’t believe that he thinks he’s above it. It’s nice that players are disappointed when they’re subbed/dropped. Lacazette was the only who showed that anger last year. Nice that every player does this season. Ramsey was fed up with being substituted earlier this season as well

  29. Claver


    You seem to be singling iwobi out.
    A lot.

    Give the boy a chance. You might realise by accident that he’s actually stepped up his game.

    Not there yet, but definitely better than he’s been in a long time.

  30. Bamford10

    Welbeck should have come on for Iwobi, not Ozil. If Ozil had been ineffectual up to that point, it wasn’t because he wasn’t working, it was because there just hadn’t been much space for him to exploit, to play though. His touches were fine, though. Iwobi, in contrast, has been poor the whole game.

  31. Leftsidesanch

    The Palace fans are quiet, can’t hear them from my window anymore. You get the feeling we need an insurance goal.

  32. Joe


    A strikers job is to score goals and win us matches.

    He’s scoring and we are winning

    Don’t care if they go off his ass.

  33. Bamford10


    He has upped his energy, running and confidence. That is all great. Unfortunately, though, he lacks quality. This is my point. I am not “picking on him”; I am making point.

  34. Leftsidesanch

    That was flipping awful from Laca to start that off. Zaha went into Xhakas leg too and he wonders why he has a bad rep.

  35. raptora

    Lacazette to blame for the giveaway and Mustafi for not committing a professional foul. Very bad decision especially by Mustafi. Had to stop their counter.

  36. Bamford10

    Definite pen. Xhaka foolishly sticks his leg out. Not his first dumb tackle.

    I guess that’s why he’s so important to Emery, eh, Un Na?

  37. Receding Hairline

    He lacks quality

    He lacks quality

    He lacks quality

    You can say it a thousand times doesn’t make it true

    When he actually makes a good play you say he accidentally dribbled. Please keep your iwobi commentary to yourself..I don’t think anyone is particularly interested

  38. useroz

    I said it how many times Laca passing was so fucking off.

    That was such a fucking pass.

    Laca did that several times and agai costed us a goal.

    Slow mo shows Xhara didn’t touch zaha’s falling left foot…. great job Zaha. Hard for ref to see though

  39. Un na naai

    Great from welbz

    Shit from iwobi. He’s been dog shit toady
    Slow and lazy and lax
    Welbz has to start every game for me. He always brings energy. Never hides never shirks

  40. Marko

    Definite pen. Xhaka foolishly sticks his leg out. Not his first dumb tackle.

    You are the most agenda driven poster on here it’s not even funny.

  41. Dissenter

    How many counters has your boy ruined since he came on.
    How many touches does Ramsey need before he makes up his mind?
    Ramsey’s entrance killed the game.

  42. Dream10

    Was always worried about us conceding penalties today.

    But, today is on Emery. Should not have taken off Özil and Aubameyang at 2-1. Take off Laca and play on the counter. Our technical level went down, when it’s not high the first place. Torreira, Ramsey, Özil, Welbeck, Guendouzi, Aubameyang was the way to go.

    Let’s move on. We go again vs Blackpool in the League Cup

  43. Receding Hairline

    Marko no he is not ..bamford has company

    Paulinho and Rambo Ramsey are more interested in Ramsey having good games than Arsenal winning. He has come on and done nothing but slow down play yet you won’t hear a peep

  44. Bamford10


    Actually, I just highlight facts. I have long said that Xhaka makes silly tackles, often sticks his leg out. Have I said this because I have an “agenda”? No, I say it because it’s true. But I do have a POV on Xhaka, namely, he’s not good enough. Many here agree with me on this point, including you, I believe.

  45. alexanderhenry

    Xhaka was foolish to stick his leg out, but he made no actual challenge so strictly speaking it was no pen. Zaha ran into xhaka’s leg and bought the penalty.
    Difficult one for the ref.

  46. Goona

    First game ive watched in full this season, got fed up with wengers drivel….its not much better now. The whole match full of us making piss poor challenges, unforced errors, weak passing puting team mates under unecessary preasure etc… 5/10 and 3 games in 7 days is no excuse, its their bloody job!

  47. DaleDaGooner

    we shouldn’t have gotten to giving that penalty away, Lacazette was stupid and it seems Emery got the sub wrong, Laca should have been withdrawn, and Ramsey i’m sorry isn’t needed at all!

  48. Bob N16

    Not a terrible point! We need our FBs fit, hope Bellerin ok. Wouldn’t want Lichtsteiner to start against Liverpool!

  49. Dissenter

    Iwobi was not so good today as was several others
    Welbeck and Ramsey didn’t do a dam thing when they came on.

  50. alexanderhenry

    Nothing wrong with that at all.
    Playing away in Europe during the week and then away in the prem is tough.

  51. karim

    Disappointing to drop 2 points after conceding 2 pens but we were never in control so that’s kind of fair.

    Well, it was great while it lasted.

    Coutinho 1-0

  52. Rambo Ramsey

    Dissenter, except nobody is wanking over Ramsey. Your embarassing dramatic “Fvck Xhaka critics, fvck off” was bound to bite you on the bum and you knew it.