Arsenal’s Ox and Ramsey heading in opposite directions?

After Arsenal proved the majority of the football world wrong by bouncing back from a horrible run of results and loss of form to beat Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to claim a place in the Wembley FA cup final and the chance to make both the club and our manager Arsene Wenger the most successful in the competition’s long and illustrious history, Aaron Ramsey was reported by Sky Sports calling for the players to win it for the under pressure Frenchman.

The Wales international star said, “It was important for us to get to the final for him, for ourselves and for the fans, and have a bit of positivity around the club.

“He was over the moon for us but we are delighted as well that we have got to a final for him. I think he deserves that and hopefully now we can kick on and win it for him.”

Ramsey certainly has a lot of reasons to feel he owes Wenger something, because the boss has been his staunchest defender for years, even when Ramsey’s form was frankly awful. The problem is that the Welshman is back in that situation again and I do not think that he will get much more leeway from the manager.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, on the other hand, is finally showing on a regular basis what we have only see flashes of in the past and what has been expected of him for years. For me the difference in form and the way their Arsenal careers appear to be going is matched by the difference in attitudes.

In recent weeks it has been the Ox who has been really putting in the hard work and not just saying what he thinks the fans and the manager want to hear, while Ramsey’s effort on the pitch lets down his positive and upbeat comments off it.

Are these two Arsenal stars heading in completely opposite directions?

Sam P.


  1. SAMF says:

    I can see fans turning back to Wenger side just after two wins … That’s the reason I want us to have a bad season end … This season I can take lots of league defeats and no FA cup trophy, actually I wish if it could happen, just to see Wenger out, yes it reached that far …
    This sickness must end, don’t stop the protest, win, draw or loose, just Wenger out …

    1. ks-gunner says:

      Arsenal fans are sure fickle.

    2. Incarnate says:

      Your need to be right supersedes the success of the club obviously.

  2. Kedar Damle says:

    I don’t think so, though he is not scoring goals the way he was 2 or 3 seasons back but you can certainly see his energy against City in FA Cup Semifinal… It’s Certainly not easy to maintain that level of Energy and commitment against the likes of Toure and Fernandiniho. Though he gave away the the ball to Yaya Toure but City goal was not only his fault… Positioning From Monreal and Xhaka was also questionable…. There was only Aguero up front on that Counter attack so being last defender put him in to the offside trap and that was the mistake from Monreal… And same applies to Xhaha because we were on front foot then be close with Aguero and don’t let him run easily… It would have been difficult for Sergio to run around two defenders…. In the need any one of them could have easily commit professional foul on Sergio and yet he wouldn’t have receive red because there would have 2 defenders…

    1. lord wafflebury says:

      And just where were our 3 centre backs when aguero broke free…went missing ! At least monreal made an attempt and if cech had been quicker off his line he would have cleared it. Monreal has been an unsung hero over the years and deserves more praise than he gets…a model professional who never makes the headlines, no fancy haircut or tatoos and goes about his business in a discrete way..dont see him blabbingvp to media…plus he has a great looking wife !

      1. Andy Hallewell says:

        Model professional is the right phrase. A great lad from the Basque country, tenacious, brave and skillful.

  3. Laurent says:

    Still not enough when you spend 100 million pounds in the summer…
    Ox is certainly showing upside and his ability to beat a man with his blend of skill, pace & strenght is just not that common!! Clearly be it on the wing or in the middle he just brings something special when he shows up
    Ramsey fit into the team unfortunately always seem so awkward. A shame when you see how he plays for Wales. He has more games that you just want to forget…

  4. Mehmoud says:

    There are many players needs to be sold and use the money to buy quality players who can win the CL.
    Sannogo , Ramsey,Jenkinson,Wilshere,Jebucher, jiroud, alenery,and WALCOTT, Walcott has been with the club for 10 Solid years,and he has not showed any real improvement.he is a mediocre player.all those players earn 60 to 120 thousands weekly.Wenger is so concern about the money and yet is paying them week after week for no value.Kronke will not get rid of Wenger because Wenger is doing the job of 4 people.
    Wenger is the financial manager of the club, sporting Director,Manager of the team,and keep tight control on none players employed by the club, i.e. Tea lady, stewards, and restaurant workers, who earned 7 pounds an hour.

  5. Vlad says:

    Ramsey is overrated player and if he’s not from U.K. he would be long gone to Stoke! He is slow minded, defending bad and he thinks that he should be no. 10!
    It’s amazing how Wenger is playing him wherever just to have him in first 11. It’s like Football Association of Wales is directly paying Wenger to have him in Arsenal team.
    We can not progress until we have players like Ramsey, even on the bench.
    Hope Ox will stay in Arsenal.

  6. Janssen says:

    I love what Ox has shown these past games and this year. He is one of the few bright spots of this season.

    Having said that, is it not typical Arsenal to (reportedly) now prepare to offer him a 100,000 weekly contract? That’s near what Sanchez and Ozil are making today. We always talk about consistency and yet before Ox has put one good season in we pay him (arguably) too much.
    This is probably why our wage bill is amongst the highest in the PL.

    For me it makes no sense to refuse to pay Sanchez what he is worth if you are willing to pay the likes of Ox 100k. The slaries of our top players are too close to the salaries of our “unproven” players. And the slaries of our top players are too far below the salaries of the PL’s top players.
    No wonder there is frustration.

    Watch Ox drop away next season and become unsellable because of his high wage.

  7. Fatboy Gooney says:

    The Ox is on crutches and Wenger decides to offer him a 5 year contract worth £100,000 a week lol?? that’s just Typical.
    Maybe Ramsey needs to get his leg broken again?
    ? ? make it a double break son and you’ll be made for life! ????

  8. Javier says:

    Mediocrity will continue to be the norm with Wenger in charge
    In a unimpressed performance Arsenal overpowered in extra time an undecided Manchester City
    Lucky Wenger
    For those who are thinking that things now

    will be different …….I dont know….

    I will wait and see

  9. Vanpayslip thought of the day - ask Arsene/he ain't understand this/ cause 99% of AKBs don't exist says:

    Two very good players that would have succeeded elsewhere. Unfortunately they bumped into Wenger and now they both play on the right side of something or the other.

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