According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal players were left shocked by Unai Emery’s decision to drop Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey to the bench for the 3-2 defeat at Chelsea on Saturday evening.
Ramsey came on to the field for Mesut Ozil with 20 minutes left on the clock at Stamford Bridge. However, it seems his omission from the starting line-up caused a stir among the Gunners players.
Ramsey is by no means a certain starter
I am not sure why the Arsenal players were shocked by the fact that Ramsey was not starting against Chelsea. The Welsh midfielder did not exactly cover himself in glory against Manchester City in the opening game, so his omission was not a hard decision.
For me, the midfielder is not necessarily a first choice player for the Gunners anyway. The summer additions of midfielders Lucas Torreira and youngster Matteo Guendouzi have added to the competition for places in north London. Emery certainly has no shortage of options in the centre of the park if he decides to switch things around.
Future is still up in the air
Ramsey’s future at Arsenal is still in doubt, as the midfielder is in the last year of his Arsenal contract. Talks are ongoing between the player’s representatives and the north London club about a new a deal.
However, the pair has yet to come to an agreement for the midfielder to sign an extended contract with the club. The talks have reportedly been ongoing for a long time.
The midfielder is believed to be looking for a new deal that would see him earn £250,000 per-week in north London. His display against City was not one of a high-earning Premier League player, so his performances are certainly not convincing the Gunners hierarchy that they should offer him a big-money contract renewal.
Ramsey could be back from the start at the weekend
Arsenal host West Ham this weekend, a game the Gunners are odds of 4/11 to win. Emery has a number of decisions to make, as the Hammers arrive at the Emirates Stadium.
With the Gunners favourites for victory and should be on the front foot from the start of the game, so Ramsey could come back into the Arsenal starting line-up for the clash. Unai Emery is still settling into the job and is just getting to know his players. Finding his best team is part of his job as Arsenal boss. To me, dropping Ramsey from the starting line-up was just part of that process, not a major shock.
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