Having lost the services of William Gallas to rivals Tottenham, Arsenal are allegedly seeking the services of a household name to bolster their ranks. With the right amount of money anything is possible – enter Sergio Ramos. Arsenal will no doubt be relying to a certain extent on finishing top of their Champions League group, in order to gain the money necessary to make Ramos even think about budging.
However it is played, Real Madrid will hold the cards from that first phonecall, and it may even take the sale of Bacary Sagna to make any negotiations take place and stop Real Madrid wasting Arsenal’s phone bill as Arsene Wenger waits for Jose Mourinho to stop laughing. Should Wenger defy the odds and crack the mighty La Liga giants, there is no doubt that Ramos’ services would be greatly appreciated at The Emirates, as the second best team in the country look to recapture their form of old.
Although Ramos is a proven talent, the Arsenal team currently pick themselves, and therefore his services would perhaps be better utilised at Real Madrid with no sign of unsettlement that could move Ramos any time soon. Real Madrid have a habit of falling over banana skins (for example third division Alcorcon last season), while Barcelona continue to strengthen their squad with star names, meaning that a skill deficit to Barcelona must be prevented by Mourinho retaining star players such as Ramos.
There is still not be a great deal to separate the teams on paper, yet it is this essential ability to hold nerve which ultimately proves the difference between winning the title and winning nothing. Defender Laurent Koscielny has also experienced a pleasing start to his tenure as a Premier League player for Arsenal, and will establish his place in the side as he continues to impress.
Although Arsenal looked jittery after Bolton’s equaliser, they evidently have enough firepower to ensure that draws and defeats can be turned into vital wins, and thus the defence is not a great concern at present. Then again, Ramos can both defend and score as can be seen in the head to head below – maybe he would be worth a punt with all caution thrown to the winds…
HEAD TO HEAD – Sagna | Ramos
Age: 27 | 24
Senior games played: 223 | 290
Goals: 2 | 29
Assists: 11 | 16
Yellow Cards: 16 | 87
Red Cards: 0 | 10
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