According to the Daily Express, Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has signed a pre-contract agreement to join Italian giants Juventus. The news will come as no surprise to anybody, as the move has been mooted for the past month or so.
Arsenal were reportedly attempting to sell the midfielder to the Bianconeri in the January transfer window to claw some money back for the midfielder. However, that was always an unlikely prospect.
Ramsey such a frustrating player
I have to admit I find Aaron Ramsey such a frustrating player to watch. The Wales international has undoubted talent and can be such an influential player. However, he has a tendency to be inconsistent.
The midfielder has enjoyed very few consistent runs of good form during his Arsenal career. He has enjoyed decent runs of form, only to then pick up an injury or his form to drop.
Although not necessarily his fault, his constant injury problems have also been massively frustrating. You have to wonder if he could have become a mainstay of the Gunners side had he avoided injuries.
Arsenal mess it up again
While the club are focussing on not spending too much in the transfer market, the Gunners are about to allow a valuable asset leave the club for nothing. It is not the first time in the last decade that Arsenal have allowed this to happen.
The club from north London have a habit of letting players run their contracts down, only to be held at ransom (Mesut Ozil) or lose the player on the cheap (Alexis Sanchez).
While some will claim Arsenal did well to get Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the deal, the Gunners still let Sanchez enter the last six months of his contract, meaning the player was fully in control of the situation.
Arsenal have to stop operating in this way, or they will continue to be playing catch up with the other big clubs in the top-flight.
Ramsey will need replacing
While whether Ramsey will be a footballing loss to Arsenal is arguable, he is a loss in the sense that Arsenal will have to replace him next summer. That means the Gunners will have to use money that could have been spent strengthening elsewhere in the squad to sign a replacement for Ramsey.
The whole situation is a lesson for the club. However, judging by their past mistake they do not seem to learn and will continue to let valuable assets enter the last year of their contracts.
Is Aaron Ramsey a loss to Arsenal?