Fresh off a routine win in the ever prestigious Carabao Cup over minnows Brentford (we love you little Bees, we do), Arsenal set to getting back to the business of proper football. Apparently, that included cutting off all negotiations to one of their more important players of the last few season.
A new + improved 4yr contract was recently agreed between Arsenal & Aaron Ramsey. But #AFC withdrew offer, are now not in a position to proceed. Most likely he’ll leave for free next summer, unless the perfect opportunity for both parties arises in January https://t.co/5EXUoIsZx2— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) September 27, 2018
Yeah. Just a bit of hot coffee on your computer screen, that news is.
The (sadly) accurate David Ornstein reported this morning that all negotiations between Arsenal and Aaron Ramsey have broken down. Not “taking a break” but ceased. No more. Dead. Carried off to meet its paper shredder. These are some ex-negotiations. Furthermore, he stated that “barring an unlikely resumption” it means Ramsey will be able to sign with a foreign club starting Jan 1st or possible will find himself sold, should Arsenal be certain of his departure.
None of this really sits well and it feels premature to think the talks are completely dead. Ramsey has featured in all of Arsenal’s Premier League games and was a substitute in yesterday’s League Cup game. It is not as if Unai Emery doesn’t rate him at all nor punishing him for a tough contract negotiation.
However, he is playing Ramsey out of his favoured position and results as a team have been questionable whether that is the proper position for him. Ramsey has excelled playing from deep and, while not all instances of him playing as a front four are bad, not using him there might be part of the drag on the contract. With new arrivals of Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi getting starts from Emery and Granit Xhaka being in a “you’re the guy” role half the time, it’s hard to see Ramsey ever returning to a deeper midfield role while managed by Emery.
This along with his injury history makes this break from negotiations worrisome. Wanting to be pushed into the upper echelons of Arsenal wages, reportedly in the £200k/week range, could be the final straw. Despite being Arsenal’s longest serving member, playing 240 games and scroing 36 goals that include two FA Cup winners, it could well be that Arsenal now see the future without their industrious Welshman.
Or this is one colossal game of chicken to see who backs down first. A dangerous proposal for either side.