Arsenal really should tell us the reason for Ramsey’s contract withdrawal

Ramsey v Arsenal : The Contract Saga Continues…. by Hackenubee

At the start of the season, Unai Emery stated that Aaron Ramsey was one of the important players in the team and Ramsey also said he was excited to link up with the coach and the coach naming him as one of his five captains.

Fast forward to a couple of months later and things have begun to go downhill (off the pitch) between the important player and the club after the club withdrew their contract offer for a player with a little over six months remaining on his contract.

Quizzed about the situation, Ramsey said: “Hopefully somebody will come up and tell me why [the offer was withdrawn], I’ll accept that if there’s a reason. When the time is right, I probably will find out but that hasn’t happened yet. There is no contract on the table at the moment so there is nothing for me to consider or whatever. We all know that the contract was taken away off the table. I’m not sure exactly why because a few weeks before we sort of agreed and I was ready to sign.”

I’m trying to understand one of Ramsey’s claims here, not about him agreeing the offer (I can’t say I believe him on that front) but about the lack of explanation, the club rescind their contract offer and didn’t bother to explain why.

This is a player who has been with us for a decade, the longest serving Arsenal player currently in the team, the scorer of two FA Cup winning goals, a two time Arsenal Player Of The Year, a player with over half a century of goals etc and the club thought it was right to just rescind the offer and not offer an explanation.

Had it been the player, what will fans say? What will happen if the player returns to The Emirates later with a rival club? Even a player who contributed a lot less (other than his performance vs Barcelona and THAT goal vs Norwich) got a meeting with Emery where things were explained to him, where clarifications were made. I’m not saying the Club was wrong to rescind their offer, NO, but why act like the player is valueless and fringe? Why not provide a reason why the offer was withdrawn?

“We can’t afford your fee, so no contract” Fine…

“You won’t play much next season because of the style we want to implement” Fine…

“Your Name is Aaron and we don’t need an Aaron in our team” FINE..

Just give him an explanation, Ramsey deserves it for his years of service and the fans also deserve it.

This is a Club said to have “Class”, then let’s show it!!!



  1. Lupe says:

    It’s clear the club finally realised ramsey isn’t worth the money they were going to offer him. Our wage bill is already so high and giving silly money to a bench player isn’t value for money. If ramsey wants an answer from the club, then he should also give the fans an answer as to why he delayed signing for so long.

  2. silentstan says:

    of course he knows the reason

  3. “We all know that the contract was taken away off the table. I’m not sure exactly why because a few weeks before we sort of agreed and I was ready to sign.”
    How do you sort of agree? Did he tell the club maybe? Or a sorta-yes-but-only -if or a sorta-no-but-I’ll-consider-it-if? If he had agreed to sign, why had he still not signed it weeks later?

    1. Oh I get it, he gave a Kev-agreement! Well shucks, we all know how reliable those are!

      1. kev says:

        I’m not an ITK but Sokratis,Lichtsteiner,Torreira,Gazidis’ departure,Iwobi and Nelson’s contract and others were all confirmed by reliable ITK’s far ahead of time.In fact transfer news is hardly “news” if you follow the right people.They might get some wrong but they will almost always get those which are going to actually happen right.

    2. kev says:

      I remember telling you that a player can agree to a contract but not sign it yet for a range of reasons.You agreeing to the contract means liking the terms but for example if you’re not going to be given game time why would I sign?.People insulted me and even till today some see me as a sort of clueless person.But I know the truth will always come out no matter how people try to hide it.

      1. Phil says:

        Kev -Dont listen to anyone.You are always right and never wrong.Im just looking forward to Thomas Lamar starting against Palace today

        1. kev says:

          I don’t mean to come across as always right but after the Lemar saga I simply made sure I was more cautious and decided to think twice rather than just believing anything thrown out there.Hence this is why this time I’ve gotten a more right.

      2. @Kev
        Actually, when I think about it this Ramsey saga proves you right. In his own words, he “agreed to sign” but didn’t sign or delayed to sign or whatever, it didn’t happen. It’s possible the signings you called but didn’t happen agreed to but later pulled a Ramsey. I don’t think you are clueless or a liar btw.

        1. kev says:

          Thanks for uunderstanding me.The other transfers which didn’t happen weren’t a “Ramsey” though.They were due to lack of funds e.g Soyuncu.

          1. Phil says:

            Kev-you take yourself far too seriously.Does it really matter in the end?We sign who we sign at the end of the day and there is little any of us can do but wait and see.

  4. Sunny says:

    Ramsey had his best season a few years ago, after that it was downhill all the way.

  5. Shortboygooner says:

    I think it is brilliant. I mean don’t get me wrong. Ramsey has his place in the team and is good competition for ozil. They are two different kinds of played and Ramsey engine can sometimes be brilliant against opposition where ozil might not be effective. I don’t think he is on ozil level but still decent.

    Anyway more to the point I am hoping that the club are no longer taking crap from players. We need to be ruthless and act like a big team if we are gonna be one. A big club can afford to let a player like Ramsey go as we will have lots of suitors knocking on the door to take his spot. Not to mention the youngsters. Did somebody say Reece Nelson. I would happily have Ramsey stay buy he should take the next offer and be happy about it off not I’m sorry he is not work a penny more then the money they are offering and can go and rott like sanchez at utd.

    Good luck Rambo

  6. Innit says:

    I’m sure there is a good reason
    They know that Ramsey is very valuable to the team on the bench.
    They also know that he is No Cazorla or Viera or Rosicky. No where near.
    They probably think that they offered him too much money. So it’s good that we don’t repeat Walcott and Ozil salary increases
    BTW I’m not saying Ramsey did something bad. He has a right to try to get more money. But Arsenal have a right to accept or decline and do what’s necessary and positive for the Club’s future

    Best case scenario is that we sell him in January, I think

    I’ve had quite enough of the Ramsey situation.
    We need an upgrade to Ramsey and Xhaka anyway imo.

  7. John Wick says:

    There’s no player bigger than the club, the contract was offered and wasn’t signed so it was withdrawn, that’s what happens when you mess around! Makes me laugh some of these footballers crying about money, a Hundred grand isn’t enough, I need more.. seriously? Spoilt brats the lot of them living in cloud cuckoo land! I work my a*se off outdoors all week for crap money and I gotta pay for food, electric, rent, heating, tv, internet, child support and I don’t cry about it, that’s life.. it’s all greed so I couldn’t care less if Ramsey walks he needs to wake up to the real world!

    1. Phil says:

      Puts it all in perspective when you read these comments and you are bang on JW.The contract offer would have been far beyond what most fans could even dream of being paid.
      Personally I’m glad the Club withdrew the offer after Ramsey repeatedly refused to sign.Let him sit on someone else’s bench from now on.I would far sooner we invest in the talented youth players such as AMN Smith-Rowe Guadonzi and Nelson.We know now how limited Ramsey is whereas these boys are our future

      1. John Wick says:

        Here here Phil I’d much sooner have those two youngsters come in and replace Ramsey at least they’d play with pride play for the badge.. most of these big contract chasing whiners only think of the bottom line! It’s a disgusting world if you can’t get by on a hundred grand a week something most of us will never seen in our lifetime! It’s about time we showed some ruthlessness to these big time Charlie’s sign or go elsewhere!

        1. Sue says:

          Comes down to greed!

  8. ozziegunner says:

    Innit, I agree that Ramsey has priced himself out of the Arsenal market. Ramsey claims there was an offer on the table from Arsenal which he was prepared to sign. My question to Ramsey is why did he procrastinate and not sign straight away?
    Raul Sanllehi has stated that in future players normally signed to 5 year contracts, will be assessed as to their future at the 3 year mark and either offered a new contract extension or sold.
    Also our hearts go out to the Leicester City FC, its supporters, staff and players on the tragic helicopter crash, causing the death of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and others at King Power Stadium.

    1. Durand says:

      Ozzie you make excellent point. Perhaps Ramsey owes fans an explanation for why he has held out for a year and not signed?

      Or why he hasn’t sought out talks like Wilshere did regarding playing time?

      Perhaps more to story, perhaps issues Ramsey doesn’t want to publicly discuss?

      Ramsey knows I believe, he just doesn’t want to talk about holding out for a year for ridiculous wage demands, guaranteed starts, captains arm band, etc…

      Trying to put this back on the club is ridiculous, when HE dragged his feet this whole time. Good riddance to the overrated one.

  9. Thomo says:

    We have good prospects at the club like Nelson. Smith rowe maitland niles they should be given a chance with their youthful enthusiasm and ability instead of buying players

  10. GunnerUp says:

    He thought he could hold the club random. They realized he’s not worth the money he was demanding and are teaching him a lesson for declining the numerous offers and time they invested in him tru these negotiations, as well as all his bench years through injury. He’s a decent player to have but no van persie(irreplaceable). So he can go rot for all I care. Unless he comes to the table with his tail between his legs and says hel take any ‘reasonable’ offer.

  11. JBryden says:

    The contract hold up was a distraction

  12. jon fox says:

    What a pointless question this article asks. Having not , at that time , worked closely with Ramsey, Emery may oncehave rated Ramsey highly. But NOW, having spent some months with Ramsey and seen how relatively poor he is at THAT wage level, the club has, correctly, done what thee vast majority of us fans have been saying; which is to let him go and NOT pay this ridiculous new wage. At long last the club are now putting the health of the club, the team and the knowledge of us fans before the wishes of a selfish and undeserving player. Further proof that our club has now risen from the WENGER ASHES , LIKE A PHOENIX, and is back in reality land once again, ready to take on the real professionals like Guardiola and Klopp with our own wonderful professional in Emery. Rejoice that the amateur decision makers have left Arsenal, the pros are now in charge and forget Ramsey. He will not starve , so why worry!

    1. Phil says:

      Jon-Bang on point as always.

      1. ken1945 says:

        Err… the knowledge of the fans Jon?
        What like Iwobi being useless?
        Bellerin a waste of space?
        Xhaka not fit to wear the shirt?
        Ozil a weak feeble player heading for a breakdown?

        If Emery had listened to you, as a fan, all the above examples would have left the club !!

        Having an opinion is everyone’s right, but let’s not start thinking we, as fans, play any part in Emery’s decisions.
        Unless I missed the decision taken by the fans to withdraw Ramsey’s contract and inform Emery of our decision?

        As far as Ramsey’s contract is concerned, no player, manager or even a fan is bigger than AFC, so we agree on that at least!

  13. Break-on-through says:

    I must say that I was quite surprised by this, Arsenal, whenever you here our older players telling us proudly about how high the standards were here, with our professionalism, and the treatment of our players. You got the sense that they were talking about pure class. When people would join the club, the board, they immediately spoke about this club’s values and what not, and how they have certain standards to live up to. I don’t mind them choosing not to retain Ramsey, as far as I’m concerned, they will do what is in our best interests, from their perspective and likely from ours. Not telling the lad the reason is a hard ball tactic, some may like that, I’d like if we can become more shrewd that way, but it is obvious from Ramsey, and how I see it, is that the lad certainly wants to stay. If it was a case of him not agreeing or taking too long with it, so they then took it off the table, well then Ramsey would have his answer. For me it is one of two things. 1 – Hard ball tactic, pure and simple, try to get a cheaper agreement from the player. 2 – Someone or some people have changed their mind[s], they believe a different player may be more beneficial to our needs, and he’ll sign on a possibly cheaper salary before paying his transfer fee in installments, or both 1 & 2.

    1. ozziegunner says:

      Ramsey called Arsenal’s bluff and lost, pure and simple.

      1. Break-on-through says:

        You’re forgetting the part when Ramsey “agreed to their terms”, AFC and Ramsey’s agent then tweeted a good news message. Everyone (tabloids) picked up on it. So it was Arsenal calling the bluff, they took the deal back, possibly for one of the three reasons I stated or a mixture there of.

    2. Break-on-through says:

      @Thomo, is after reminding me that there’s a number three, escaped my thinking there for a minute. 3 – Youngsters are coming through and are looking like the future of AFC, so we sat back to take our time on the matter. It could be this. They should tell the lad either way, whatever the reason, like ripping a plaster right off a sweet spot.

  14. Durand says:

    Perhaps Arsenal offered a wage they were not willing to increase. Ramsey wanted more money and after weeks pass Arsenal withdraw offer and end discussions.

    Ramsey doesn’t understand why? It’s because he wanted a wage Arsenal were not willing to pay. There’s no mystery, no secret, no confusion, it’s quite simple.

    The question is why is he playing like he is stupid or that the club is ignoring his phone calls?
    So Emery and club explain to Jack, but not Ramsey? Sorry but Raul isn’t amateurish, Ramsey should ask his agent or look in the mirror

  15. Milton John says:

    Well, of these years Ramsey said he wanted to be the number 10 of the team and he delayed the signing of the contract only because of the assurance of his position. When the season started he’s been given his desired position and he proved that he can’t handle the position and was a big flop. He doesn’t love this club all he wanted was a massive hike in his pay like Ozil. Unfortunately Wenger is not a part of this club and he couldn’t get it like Ozil. Arsenal gave a clear message to all the players, fans and everyone related to this club that no one is bigger than the club. This is a bold decision and statement from the board to all who loves this club and personally I am happy for this sort of ending. What Ramsey is doing now is only PR works that he’s not liable for whatever happens. Stupid boy is whining like Wilshere. Even though Wenger is gone the damages done by him will take time to repair. But now the club is in right direction and will be a force in a year or two only thing is we’ve to get rid of the very few remains of Wenger

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