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


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  1. raptora

    “Since the start of 2014/15, only Jamie Vardy (13) has won more penalties in the Premier League than Zaha (11 – level with Raheem Sterling).”

    And he is getting better and better. Would be a great buy.

  2. Redtruth

    First 10 games of last season:

    Man City: 28;points
    Man Utd: 23 points
    Spurs: 20 points
    Arsenal: 19 points
    Chelsea: 19 points
    Liverpool: 16 points

    First 10 games of this season:

    Liverpool: 26 points
    Chelsea: 24 points
    Man City: 23 points (9 games)
    Arsenal: 22 points
    Spurs: 21 poinrs (9 games)
    Man Itd: 17 points

    Last season’s standards were shit compared to this season
    Arsenal have raised their game to another level.

  3. Cesc Appeal

    The game is at The Emirates on Wednesday as well which is good.

    Lots of rotation before Liverpool, give Maitland Niles a game, Nketiah, Ramsey, Elneny, have to make a choice as to who we’re starting against Liverpool and then play one of Ozil or Mkhitaryan as well.

    I would not put Lacazette on at all, he looked tired today and he simply cannot play that badly against Liverpool. Tired passed, tired touch, tired decision making which cost us 2 points.

  4. Leedsgunner

    Looking back with a degree of distance… albeit a few hours, we still came away with a point, especially with Xhaka at LB.

    Why didn’t we take control after we took the lead?

    Perhaps it’s to be expected but we looked leggy today.

    Mustafi looked uncomfortable and uncertain again. More than his physical skills, Mustafi is a really bad decision maker. Why did he go to ground in the way he did? When you do things like that, you often leave weak willed referees without any choices. Ughh! Considering that he is supposed to be the established pro between our talented youngsters and veterans like Koscelny and Papa his lack of discipline is worrying.

    To give away another penalty so late in the game was very immature and silly.

  5. Marko

    Yes Emery is doing very well to replicate wenger’s worst ever season….

    Not very hard for a good manager to replicate a bad one

  6. gonsterous

    12 hours later and I’m still not angry just disappointed. Gutted we couldn’t extend our lead but also happy that I’ve finally got this feeling and emotion to want to back the club through thick and thin. If this had happened last season I wouldn’t have given a toss, it would have been same old, same old. Let’s hope we can bounce back against black pool

  7. gonsterous

    read somewhere that conte is taking over the RM job. Didn’t know the old boss was fired. They did get whacked 5-1 yesterday.