Arsenal have been viewed as the laughing stock of the Premier League over the last few years, and there are a few big factors behind that. One of them stems from their actual performances on the pitch, with some suggesting that they have a tendency to collapse under the weight of their own pressure. They weren’t showcasing the kind of killer instinct that they had in previous years, and the fact that Arsene Wenger was still hanging around was considered to be a key contributor to that.
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Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reportedly claimed that Aaron Ramsey is in a strong position in terms of his ongoing contract negotiations. It’s no secret that Ramsey is on the verge of leaving the club after talks broke down, and while Wenger himself didn’t say all too much on the matter, he seemed to indicate that the Welshman is going to ‘use’ his current situation to his advantage.
Today is the 30th birthday of Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil, and while he may not exactly be everyone’s cup of tea, that’s something worth talking about. The former Germany international has been a prevalent figure both domestically and internationally for quite some time now, and it’s somewhat crazy to think he’s 30 years of age.
The early days
On one hand it feels like he’s been in the game forever and he should be older than that, and on the other hand, he was always viewed as the next big ‘wonderkid’ so to see him slowly moving out of his prime years is a little bit weird.
According to Sky Sports, Aaron Ramsey has no intention of leaving the club in January.
As his contract expires next summer, that would mean leaving as a free agent unless an agreement can be found regarding a new deal. That, as things stand, seems extremely unlikely as the club have decided to stop all negotiations on the subject, reportedly unwilling to pay the Welshman the wages his representatives demand in his name.
Back in August we hinted (aka outright said) that the media had been pretty unfair towards Unai Emery. The Spaniard wasn’t off to the best of starts with losses against Chelsea and Manchester City on his record, but over the course of the last few weeks, it’s safe to say that he’s been able to bounce back with a vengeance as the Gunners find themselves in the top four courtesy of a nine-game winning run.
The Aaron Ramsey saga seems to be something that will just never end, and we don’t know what we’ve done to deserve it. Sure, the Welshman deserves to try and fight for what he believes he’s worth, but that doesn’t really help matters when you consider that barely anyone else thinks he’s worth the £250,000 a week that he’s reportedly proposing. Sure, he’s a great midfielder to have on the books, but he almost certainly isn’t worth a quarter of a million pounds every seven days. That, in our mind, is baffling.
As has been reported before, Liverpool and Manchester United are set to do battle against each other in order to acquire the services of Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey in January. The Welshman’s contract at the Emirates is set to expire next summer and as things stand at this point, it seems his future is almost certain to lie elsewhere.
Under those circumstances, it’s understandable that manager Unai Emery should wish to sell the midfielder in January in order to extracts at least some funds from the deal. Meanwhile, it has also already been reported that Arsenal are set to sign Atlanta United’s Miguel Almiron in the winter transfer window. The MLS side have already confirmed Almiron would be leaving them and moving to England at the start of the new year.
It’s never a bad thing to have two goalkeepers on the books that are playing well. Of course, if they’re both considered to be world class in one way or another then that can make things a little bit more complicated because both will want to play consistent first team football and that just can’t happen. It’s not quite as severe as something like the NFL whereby there are only 16 regular season games to play in, because at least in this instance you’ve got the League & FA Cup, international football and European competition.
It goes without saying that this season, for the most part, has been a success thus far for Arsenal Football Club. While they may have had early setbacks against Manchester City and Chelsea they’ve been on fire ever since then, to the point where a place in the top four doesn’t seem all that unlikely after all. Alas, with great power comes great responsibility, and the responsibility of the club at this moment in time is for them to realise that they have a weak link in their ranks – Shokdran Mustafi.
With the situation between Arsenal and Aaron Ramsey becoming clearer by the day, reports about interest from other clubs are bound to come thick in the coming months. His current deal expires next summer and it is reasonable to assume that, having withdrawn all offers of a new deal, Arsenal would look to sell the player in January to avoid missing out on a transfer fee altogether.
Various recent reports have linked the Welshman with Liverpool, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan, but the latest one from Evening Standard claims the two clubs from the northwest of England are set to do battle for Ramsey’s signature in January, looking to make a cut-price deal.