Arsenal supporters have been in high spirits in recent times after seeing their side book their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup at the weekend.
Unai Emery’s men went into their meeting with Blackpool at Bloomfield Road off the back of thumping Fulham 4-1 in the Premier League on New Year’s Day, and thus seeking to keep their winning momentum going when they made the trip to Lancashire on Saturday. And they did just that as a brace from Joe Willock alongside an Alex Iwobi strike sealed a routine 3-0 success for the 13-times winners, who will face Manchester United in the fourth round.
As such, there have been many thrilled Arsenal fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by recent reports from The Guardian suggesting that midfielder Aaron Ramsey will sign for Juventus in the summer.
It cost the North London giants a paltry £5.76 million (as per Transfermarkt) back in 2008 to lure him away from Cardiff City, and given he has since then become something of a stalwart at the Emirates Stadium, there is no doubt that the midfielder has made an absolute mockery of that lowly price-tag.
Ultimately, it was Arsenal who won the race for Ramsey’s signature ten-and-a-half years ago given his encouraging displays for Cardiff, where he came up through the youth ranks, and while it took him some time to force his way into Arsene Wenger’s first team plans, he did just that upon return from a loan spell in South Wales in 2011.
The Wales international appeared 44 times for the Gunners in the 2011/12 campaign as they finished third in the Premier League table under Wenger, before adding 47 appearances in all competitions the campaign after in their run to fourth place in the English top-flight – clearly, he was beginning to establish himself as an Arsenal first teamer.
But it was the 2013/14 season in which the Welshman really began to turn the screw and become an integral member of the Gunners squad, bagging 16 times in all competitions as the North London giants finally ended their trophy drought by winning the FA Cup, with Ramsey playing a huge part by netting the winner in extra time to see off a spirited Hull City in the final at Wembley.
And the 28-year-old continued his fine goal-scoring form into the 2014/15 campaign by netting ten times in all competitions for the North London giants, as the Gunners again won the FA Cup, before bagging 11 times last time round as Wenger’s final season in charge saw his team eventually stagger to sixth place in the Premier League table.
Overall, Ramsey has appeared 356 times for the Gunners, 243 times in the Premier League, in his decade-long stay in North London, with his tally of 38 goals and 45 assists in the league underlining just how impressive and accomplished a player he has been during his stint at the Emirates Stadium.
Yes, some Arsenal fans are unlikely to be overly fazed with Ramsey leaving the club in the summer, but there is little doubting that they are losing a huge asset in that midfielder area – either way, he has made an absolute mockery of the lowly £5.76 million the club paid for him in 2008.
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