After over a decade of service, Aaron Ramsey is leaving North London behind to start a new career in Italy with Juventus. Clearly, the move will provide him with a chance to compete for the biggest titles in the world as the Old Lady dominate in Serie A, as well as usually reach the latter stages of the Champions League. Indeed, his free transfer to Turin will also see his wages reportedly reach a staggering £400k per week.
It is, therefore, not hard to see why the Welshman left Arsenal. Frankly, they seem a long way off competing for the major titles as they once again failed to qualify for the Champions League and were recently trounced 4-1 in Baku at the hands of Chelsea in the Europa League final.
So as he bids farewell to the Emirates and prepares to link up with Cristiano Ronaldo in Italy, Gunners legend Ian Wright, talking on talkSPORT, says the Arsenal board should have taken more responsibility and not allowed a player of Ramsey’s quality to leave for nothing.
"It be interesting to see what happens in the summer."
"Have the players and mentality improved? We're living in hope."
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) June 10, 2019
Wright, in the video, says Arsenal must have known, at some point, that the 28-year-old was not going to sign a new contract, so why didn’t they try and sell him? To be fair, considering the fact that the club have previous when it comes to selling big-name players as their contracts wind down, it’s not exactly a ridiculous notion.
Yes, there’s more money in the game than there was in 2012 but Robin van Persie was sold to rivals Manchester United with a year left on his deal and it’s not as if the Gunners are flush with cash, if reports in regard to their transfer budget earlier this season are to be believed.
Perhaps there remained a hope that he could sign a new deal prior to agreeing his move to Serie A but the Welshman’s agent criticised the club back in October (h/t) the Independent for withdrawing their contract offer, so it’s clear that there was at least some willingness to talk.
Another complete mess for Arsenal, whose decision to hand Mesut Ozil a three-and-a-half-year deal reportedly worth £350k a week in January 2018 looks increasingly stupid, with the Sun reporting little under a year later that the club wanted to sell the German but couldn’t due to financial barriers in regard to such wages.
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