According to a recent report from The Daily Mirror, Aaron Ramsey looks set to leave Premier League giants Arsenal this summer. The midfielder made the move to North London back in 2008 after coming up through the ranks and beginning his youth career at Cardiff City, and he has since gone on to become an influential member of the squad at the Emirates Stadium.
However, reports suggest that there is no longer a contract offer on the table for the Wales international to thus suggest that he will leave the club at the end of his current deal in the summer, which could prove to be manager Unai Emery’s first big mistake since taking over at Arsenal.
Ultimately, Spaniard Emery has big shoes to fill having replaced Arsene Wenger during the summer, although he has made a reasonably solid start to life at the Emirates Stadium in embarking on a current five-match winning streak in all competitions.
And while some of his decisions, not least in implementing a style of play that asks goalkeeper Petr Cech to be better with his feet, have been questioned by some, he has on the whole made a fine start to life in the Gunners hotseat.
But were he and the club’s hierarchy fail to tie Ramsey down to a new contract, that would without doubt represent his first huge mistake since taking the reins of the North London giants, as the Welshman has been a key cog in the Arsenal midfield in recent years.
The 27-year-old took time to make his mark at the Emirates Stadium, with injuries certainly stalling his progress following his move from Cardiff a decade ago, yet the midfielder has in the last few years clearly proven his worth to the Gunners – there’s a reason he won their Player of the Season award last term.
The Welshman has scored 59 goals and laid on 59 assists in 338 games for the North Londoners in the last ten years, 11 goals and 12 assists of which coming last term as the Gunners finished sixth in the Premier League, and indeed reached the semi-finals of the Europa League.
In fact, last season was the third time in his Arsenal career that Ramsey reached a double-figure goal return, thus underlining his influence in Wenger’s midfield, and with two assists already this term in the league, it’s clear that he is again going to play a part under Emery.
Yes, some may feel that the 27-year-old doesn’t necessarily suit Emery’s style, but there is little doubting that Ramsey remains one of the better players at the Emirates, and at a time whereby the club are seeking to build again after a turbulent few years, letting one of their best players leave seems an odd decision.
Thus, failing to agree a new deal with Ramsey, and thus letting him leave on a free in the summer or a cut-price deal in January, could prove to be Emery’s first huge mistake since taking charge at the Emirates Stadium.
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