The Welshman Aaron Ramsey is stuck in contract talks with Arsenal, and there is no progress at all despite there only being two weeks to go until the end of the transfer window.
It certainly looks like Ramsey is stalling so that he can run down his contract next season and earn millions when he leaves next summer, rather than Arsenal cashing in the next week or two.
Ramsey seems quite happy about this situation. He said: “Am I under pressure? No,”
“It’s my decision and whatever I decide to do, that’s on me.
“What makes it awkward is the media keep asking the questions. It’s like having a baby in the car saying, ‘Are we there yet? Are we there yet?’
“Listen, I’m a player who always gives 100 per cent, regardless of what’s going on. I will be no different to that and I will give absolutely everything to try to achieve something special this season and win football games, regardless of what is going on behind the scenes.
“We are communicating. My agent and the club are speaking but we’re yet to come to an agreement.
“I’ve still got a year left and I’m looking forward to being in an Arsenal shirt in the new season and doing my best for this club. I’m hoping to have a successful season under the new manager.”
And there is the clue. “I’ve still got a year left”. That makes it look obvious he won’t be signing the five year extension, and if he can just get past to the first day of next season he will be holding the club to ransom. We all know how that worked out with Alexis sanchez, don’t we?
If he is still stalling next week then he really must be sold. He is certainly not the loyal Gooner I thought he was.