The future of Aaron Ramsey has been an ongoing subplot in Arsenal’s new beginning under Unai Emery, but after months of speculation it appears that a conclusion has finally been reached.
It’s not what the Arsenal fans wanted to hear. In the same year when they waved goodbye to Alexis Sanchez, the Gunners faithful will now have to mentally prepare for the departure of one of their most indispensable talents after almost a decade of service to the club.
Sky Sports confirmed the news yesterday that Ramsey will depart the Emirates Stadium when his contract expires in June 2019.
Whilst Sanchez’s disastrous career at Old Trafford has given the supporters legitimate reason to believe that they offloaded the Chile international at exactly the right time, there is no way of sugar coating the latest development surrounding Ramsey;
His departure is metaphorically damaging as much as it is physically; losing a player of Ramsey’s quality will naturally leave Emery short of an immensely talented player who will not be replaceable overnight.
Once again, Arsenal have proven that they are unable to convince or afford – depending on your perspective – to keep their best players at the club.
But the biggest setback to their mentality could yet be looming on the horizon, as Ramsey’s next career move could ultimately come back to bite the Gunners.
There is absolutely no question that the rest of the top-six clubs will be rubbing their hands together at the prospect of signing Ramsey on a free transfer; in this day and age players of his quality seldom sell for anything under £50 million.
With his imminent availability in mind, Sky Sports pundit Steve McMahon delivered his verdict on the situation and he suggested that Liverpool would be a perfect destination for the Wales international.
‘Liverpool would do well to get him. He’s a midfield player who goes beyond the strikers and Liverpool haven’t got that.’
In terms of how Ramsey would slot into Liverpool’s midfield trio, McMahon said: ‘We always look at the high intensity now for Liverpool. I’ve seen them play in every game this year and they still need a very offensive midfield player and somebody who can take that chance, to get over the top to get away and leave that space for everyone else. They haven’t got that at this moment in time.’
Whilst there is certainly a case to be argued that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a player who fits the aforementioned description, Ramsey’s forward-thinking instincts are certainly at least on par with his former Arsenal teammate.
And in terms of who could fall victim to Ramsey’s arrival, McMahon claimed: ‘There’s something to be said that Ramsey is better than Adam Lallana.’
The frustratingly injury-prone Lallana is more of a conventional number ten than Ramsey but, in Jurgen Klopp’s preferred system, the England international has a tendency to go missing.
Replacing him with a genuine box-to-box player in Ramsey would provide Klopp with a shrewd upgrade to bolster his midfield options.
Based on the assumption that Ramsey does not have his heart set on a move abroad, Klopp should do everything in his power to complete a stunning coup next summer which would shake the Premier League to its very foundations.
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