The Ramsey Question

The transfer window closes shortly, and I believe the manager has hinted business may be done, albeit with the inevitable ‘but you never know’ proviso tagged on.

I’m guessing the tag refers to unfinished business as far as Ramsey is concerned, although, as usual who knows whether arrangements have been concluded behind closed doors.

The way I see it:

Hot on the heels of the Sanchez and Mesut contractual. Issues at the same time last year, then I’m sure the club have matters in hand as far as they. Can

My laptop keeps putting full stops everywhere. Any bright sparks. With ideas?

Part of the thinking must include whether Emery considers there are 1st XI gaps remaining, and I say that because to acquire that quality of footballer may necessitate big funds, so a Ramsey sale/exchange. Could solve both issues.

My take on the footballing side is that we can live without Ramsey. Of course he’s good, but I’ve never had Aaron on my essential list, and I’ve long argued that you cannot play him if you have a  Mesut in the traditional No 10 role as I feel the side is better balanced with two more defensively solid players behind, but of course Emery. May have his own clever ideas on that aspect.

Ok, now for some honesty. I’m writing this while thinking…”what the hell am I doing? I really  don’t care either way. He’s an ok footballer who’s had some truly heroic Arsenal moments, but as a man….nah, can’t warm to him. Stay or go, whatever, as I struggle to see him. As more than just another mercenary. Ok, so many are,  just have this nagging feeling he does it for Aaron Ramsey not The Arsenal”.

Written by mickydidit89 and a dodgy laptop


44 Responses to The Ramsey Question

  1. LBG says:

    Thanks Micky
    Inclined to agree with every word and punctuation mark”?!
    If, as suggested, all has been agreed verbally, why has he not signed or at least said himself he is staying?
    He, or his agent, perhaps thinks the financial side might be “improved” or believes a top European Club might come in for him.( Where did the swop deal for Dembele at Barca come from last week?)
    Would keep him myself, but not essential.

  2. chas says:

    Interesting, Micky.

    I’m really crap at the ‘should we sell him or not’ kind of questions because I’d like to keep most of them but especially the good ones.

    Rambo and Mesut do seem very similar in their liking of roaming around trying to find the spot where they’ll be most effective. The problem is, is that you can’t really afford to have two players doing that same thing all the time. When Aaron is asked to be more disciplined in the box-to-box role, he often forgets and we are left exposed as a consequence.

    Maybe play him on the right wing?!!!!!

    Having seen Mustafi and Sokratis the other night, I think we might need a new experienced centre back to cover while Kos is in the sick bay. Unless Chambers, Holding or Mavro have a breakthrough season. of course. Mind you, having just listed 6 centrebacks, the chances of a new one are only slightly higher than zero!

    I’m rambling.

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  6. mickydidit89 says:

    I think some (read Eddie) are stuck on last post. Have added NEW POST

  7. mickydidit89 says:

    Pure speculation, but if I was the Ramsey agent, I’d say stick around and don’t get injured, because I’m afraid to say no-one is offering anything like what we think we deserve, and to add further bad news, not one of the big boys has picked up the blower anyway

  8. chas says:

    Soz. Forgot.

  9. Eddie says:

    shall I move all my comments here 🙂 🙂

    thanks micky for the post. I couldn’t agree less about Aaron. If he was a mercenary he would have been gone long time ago. He stayed for 10 years and another contract would take him to a legend status. 2 crucial goals in FA cup victories, no trouble, works hard, has skills, not sure what is there not to like about the man

  10. Rasp says:

    Morning guys, lovely report by LB yesterday …. I’m on the Guendouzi bandwagon … looks like he can perform against the big sides.

    More importantly on the evidence of the last 2 or 3 games, I thought to myself, who would I rather see playing in that position, Jack or Gdzi ….. no contest … the new guy gets it every time.

    Thanks for the post Micky, it mirrors my feelings also. I’m not having the Ramsey line … “I don’t know what’s going on, I’m leaving it up to my agent and the club” …. bollox, do we really think he’s not making decisions. The future at Arsenal is very exciting, if he doesn’t want to be part of it he can go. We may have made a mistake paying Ozil (allegedly) 300k a week, but Ramsey can’t measure himself against that benchmark. I’m doubting if any ‘big club’ has actually shown a serious interest in him. He may be backing himself into a corner rathter than the club.

  11. LB says:

    The thing about the position or role that Ramsey plays is that it is so important that the whole team has to be pretty much built around the player who plays there. In our case the whole team is built around Mesut. Both he and Ramsey obviously do play similar roles albeit with slightly differing styles.

    So this being the case anyone who is considering buying him has got to do just that — build the team around him. That is a huge commitment and may answer why clubs aren’t beating a march to Arsenal’s door to sign him.

    Do City need to change their structure? Not really, things happily revolve around Debryune. Same with Pogba at United. Perhaps Chelsea but that is it for the UK because we can compete with any other wage offers that are put to his agent.

    Real, Barça, PSG or Bayern? Stranger things have happened at sea. If I was his agent I would be doing exactly the same, wait and see who is interested before taking the Arsenal offer if no one else shows their hand.

    My personal view is that he is a high calibre player and we should do anything we can to keep him.

  12. Rasp says:

    Fair enough LB, but if we keep him but don’t play him in his best position, then what’s the point? … and, we may have more effective players for the position he will occupy.

    I’m more worried about Bellerin at the moment. Either we need to find a player who will cover him on the right (maybe Torreira?) or he needs to improve a whole lot. He’s been poor defensively and dreadful at crossing the ball so far this PS.

  13. Rasp says:

    Callum Chambers has been my most improved player in the last 12 months, I thought he was considerably better than Bellerin when he came on against the chavs.

  14. chas says:

    Maybe Lichtsteiner was bought to step in if Hector shows any kind of flakiness, Rasp?

  15. LB says:

    Sorry, but on a lighter note this one really should never be forgotten — Ever — lol

    mickydidit89 says:

    August 2, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    I am not calling another man Matteo. Ever.

  16. chas says:

    Or ever wearing shorts – as I’m not at school anymore

    Or ever wearing any clothing with any writing or pictures on it


  17. LB says:

    I think with the size of the squad UE has little choice but to vary the team selection from game to game, a sort of pick the team to suit each opposition rather than finding a best eleven and playing them week in and week out

    For instance we don’t need Torriera against Huddersfield or we shouldn’t but then again if he were to play we could afford to have Ramsey and Ozil in front of him.

    Is Ozil going to be fit to play every game this season? Unlikely, so alternate (a bit) with Ramsey. There are so many possibilities in which the two of them can be in the same team.

    Good talking point though.

  18. Rasp says:

    Good point chas. I haven’t seen much of Lichsteiner, he’s very experienced but probably not the same force going forward, but on recent showing I’d be happy with Chambers as cover for Bell.

  19. Rasp says:

    Does anyone else think Cech has beefed up over the summer? He had a good game against the chavs … the competition seems to have been a positive incentive for him.

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  22. Eddie says:

    LB – but i still don’t understand why Didit wouldn’t EVER call another man Matteo

  23. fred1266 says:

    Chuba akpom has left arsenal for PAOK, wish him all the best

  24. GunnerN5 says:

    Micky, I feel that Ramsey, just like a lot of our players in the last decade, has had his career and potential blighted by injuries. At his best he was superb but due to injuries he has had to spend far too much time trying to recover his form.

    I’ve always liked him and his level of commitment but sadly I feel his time at Arsenal is up and he needs to find a club where he can play on a regular basis and rejuvenate his career.

  25. GunnerN5 says:

    19 years ago today TH14 came to play.

    And DID he ever play???

  26. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ooo, I say, the good Dembele had nibbles in London with Auba, Mikhi and Laca

    Smells like a fact brewing to me 🙂

  27. mickydidit89 says:

    Guess what, he played at Dortmund

  28. GunnerN5 says:

    There’s a few pictures of them together so the nibbles happened – but the rumor may be just that – a rumor.


    Cheers Micky

    I believe you have karmicly answered your own questions. The computer full stops is the beginning of android rebellion. Like Ramsey, they are self aware and realise its the final big contract so will soon resist the new offer and infect our computers with a virus which locks your internet search to Glen Hoodle monologues.

    The next step is Ramsey going to the last six months and you been attacked by the newly intelligent lawn mower. Ramsey’s agents will let him know Utd are interested and the lawn mower spotted you in your surfing gear and never liked it.

    Ramsey and his greedy agents will see out his contract and weigh up all offers. Simultaneously, computer artificial intelligence will begin developing emotions and after watching a Moronio interview decide we must be replaced and the portugeezer stuffed so future machines understand the nessicity of mankind’s destruction. Not to arouse suspicion or inflame public opinion, they will start by murdering some Estate Agents and Moronio.

    By the end, Ramsey will either go to Utd or Arsenal will buckle and offer him something he doesn’t deserve. Machines will also completely take over. Your hoover will eat pizza and watch MOTD whilst your on your knees inhaling and google software will alter your search history so next day your nicked for been a peado, terrorist, strictly come dancing viewer. You will get 40 years. 30 of which is for watching strictly come dancing.

  30. chas says:

    Holy fuck, Terry. 🙂

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    Absolutely chas. The day of the Toaster is dawning.

    Fred. The only reason that cat is licking the dog is because he’s utterly terrified. Love is a fantasy invented by those who deny the beauty of hatred and anger to someone who has hurt there feelings. Throw in a nice bit of terror and the thing that really hurts, been hit in the pocket, these dark feelings are wonderfully exquisite.

  34. mickydidit89 says:

    Jeepers, Transplant is getting even better 🙂

  35. fred1266 says:

    kolasinac out for 8 – 10 weeks

  36. Aaron says:

    Not good, but this give AMN, a better player, a chance to play.

  37. chas says:


  38. fred1266 says:

    But shouldn’t MN be playing in midfield

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