Arsenal supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been pretty downbeat recently after seeing their side suffer a second successive Premier League defeat to start the 2018/19 season.
Unai Emery’s men went down 2-0 at home to champions Manchester City on the opening day to begin the post-Arsene Wenger era with a loss, and they were unable to record their first victory under the Spaniard on Saturday either in losing 3-2 at Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea. Goals from Pedro and Alvaro Morata set the Blues on their way before Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi levelled for the Gunners, only for Marcos Alonso to net the winner for the hosts in the second half to condemn Arsenal to a second straight defeat.
Thus, there are many despondent Gunners supporters up and down the country at present, several of whom have taken to Twitter to suggest that their side should seek to get rid of Aaron Ramsey this month given he has yet to pen a new deal with the club.
And while losing the £40.5 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) on a free this time next year isn’t likely to appeal to the Arsenal hierarchy, supporters are wrong to suggest that they should sell him, as doing so would be a huge mistake.
Ultimately, there has been much change at the Emirates Stadium over the summer following the departure of long-serving manager Wenger, thus bringing to an end his 22-year spell in charge of the North London giants.
And with Jack Wilshere moving to West Ham as well, Ramsey is now the longest-serving Gunners player and someone they should seek to retain, as too much change too soon could have disastrous consequences for manager Emery – just look at how difficult it was for David Moyes to fill Sir Alex Ferguson’s shoes at Manchester United.
And while Wales international hasn’t necessarily hit the heights his potential suggested he would during his time at the club, he still remains at hugely influential attacker given he netted 11 times last season, which was just the third time he has exceeded the 10-goal mark in his ten years with the Gunners.
In fact, seven goals and ten assists of which came in just 24 Premier League appearances last season, and while some Arsenal fans will point to his seemingly recurrent niggling injury problems, it’s clear that when on the pitch, Ramsey makes a difference.
And while Arsenal are well-stocked in the attacking third of the pitch with the likes of Mkhitaryan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Alexandre Lacazette, Ramsey’s influence was particularly important last season, and as such suggests that he could again play a big part this time round.
Thus, Arsenal fans are wrong to want their side to allow Ramsey to leave this month – doing so could prove to be a huge mistake by the club’s hierarchy.
Arsenal fans… what do you think? Let us know!