The Welshman came off the bench to score when Arsenal defeated Fulham at Emirates Stadium and showed why he is being asked by the biggest clubs in Europe
When Aaron Ramsey completed an all-encompassing 4-1 victory over Fulham on New Year's Day, songs from & # 39; sign him up & # 39; be heard at the Arsenal fans at the Emirates Stadium. The Welshman is ready to leave the Gunners when his contract expires at the end of the season, a decision that confuses many supporters who think the 28-year-old still has a lot to offer to Unai Emery's team.
Indeed, the contributions of Ramsey to Fulham were limited to a cameo appearance of 20 minutes, but his enthusiasm for the case was also seen on the substitute bank where he celebrated the goal of Alexandre Lacazette in the second half.
Ramsey is one of the longest serving players in the club and Arsenal's decision to withdraw a Welshman contract offer has prompted many Europeans to show interest in signing this summer. With the likes of Juventus, PSG, Bayern Munich and Inter all on Ramsey's route, the question beckons about how can he be good enough for those teams, but not fit into the system at Emirates Stadium?
Perhaps the answer can be found in Arsenal's reported stringent transfer policy and tightening of the wallet in the new transfer committee. The two key figures who work behind the scenes at Arsenal are Raul Sanllehi and Vinai Venketesham, who both have confirmed that the self-sustaining financial model will continue to exist under owner Stan Kroenke. In August, the American billionaire agreed to buy out shareholder Alisher Usmanov for £ 550 million, an agreement that took over full control of Arsenal.
Although there is still a definite need for at least one defensive addition in January, the news that Arsenal will not extend Ramsey's contract will be linked to the fact that the Gunners can not pay a salary in the region of £ 200,000 per week.
The midfielder on average a goal or assist every 99 minutes this season and his performances of the bank have been a relief for a team that needs energy and drives to the last third. He is the highest scoring central midfielder in the history of Arsenal and has picked up the player of the season of the past campaign. Meanwhile, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is now the absolute top scorer in the Premier League this season, with 14 goals in 21 games, and continues to show why Arsenal broke their transfer record to sign the Gabon striker.
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Arsenal clearly knows good things when they see it. Sokratis was solid in the background this season, while Lucas Torreira – apart from a blip against Liverpool – is still a smart summer sign signing that bites and adds drive to the midfielder.
There is still a feeling that Ramsey will eventually achieve even bigger things than the two FA Cups he has contributed to winning in recent seasons and it can be a case of Arsenal missing the boat by withdrawing an offer for a player who is on his day is one of the best central midfielders in the league.
The side of Emery should certainly improve defensively, but they look clinically in attacks and it is their forward players that give them the best chance to reach a top four. While Ramsey continues to show his professionalism by doing his utmost best at a club that he will not knowingly be next season, the Welshman reminds everyone of his class in midfield.