If there’s anything specific that Arsenal should take away from Sunday’s impressive derby win over rivals Tottenham Hotspur then it should be that Aaron Ramsey could still be of high value to the club.
The club withdrew a new offer that was on the table for the Welshman in October and have since told him that he would leave the Emirates on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Ramsey joined Arsenal in 2008 and has grown into one of the main leaders in the squad over the years, which saw Unai Emery name him as one of his five captains for the season.
With negotiations between the player and the club breaking down, Ramsey has become a prime target for a lot of clubs, with Bayern Munich the favourites to sign him up.
But new Director of Football at the North London club, Raul Sanllehi, and new Managing Director Vinai Venkatesham, should reconsider the position of the 27-year-old at the club as he proved on Sunday that he still has lots to offer.
Ramsey came on from the bench for Henrikh Mkhitaryan at halftime and immediately made an impact, setting up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette to find the back of the net as Arsenal stormed to a 4-2 victory.
Despite being used as a substitute for most of the season by Emery, Ramsey has definitely been a worthy replacement when he comes on.
He captained a young Arsenal team against Vorskla in the Europa League last Thursday and did an excellent job in steering them to a good 3-0 victory under extremely tough conditions.
Arsenal have shown to be a team that thrives in the second-half this season, most notably due to the help of the substitutions.
Emery would lose a massive figure for that responsibility should Ramsey pack his bags at the end of the season. After Sunday’s performance, offering him a new deal, would make a lot of sense, especially given that Emery still has a lot of rebuilding to do with this Arsenal squad.