Arsenal’s days of allowing our big players to leave and join rivals is over as far as I’m concerned, but with a number of underachieving players linked with exits, I urge the club not to sell to any close rivals.
Pep Guardiola has today been linked with a move to sign Theo Walcott this summer, but as much as I think it is the right time for the 27 year-old to leave, we cant risk him reaching his potential with a league rival. The forward has a record of around one goal for every four appearances since joining from Southampton, and if we do sell, I hope it is to AC Milan, or at worst, West Ham United.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey have also been claimed to be of interest to the incoming City boss, and while I personally think neither can be sold, the former looks like he could be keen on a move this summer.
The Ox has failed to reach his potential since following Theo from the St Marys Stadium, and at 22 years-of-age, he is most likely eager to be playing regular first-team football, something he has not been blessed with in recent seasons. Injuries have played a part in his struggles, and I would personally try and secure him a loan deal for the new campaign, as opposed to selling.
Ramsey is one player who has been a regular in our side over the past five years, despite his own injury problems, but the recent emergence of Alex Iwobi and the inclusion of January signing Mohamed Elneny has limited his appearances over the past couple of months. The Welsh star has been linked with Barcelona previously, and he would no doubt be perfect for Pep’s style of football. For me, he is one of the most underrated players in the league.
Would you really allow any of them to join City? Do you think Ramsey is replaceable?