Athletic Bilbao show Arsenal how to deal with Ramsey

You would think after last years hassle with Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal would not have let Aaron Ramsey stall on agreeing a new contract so long, so that now there is only one week left to try and offload him to a foreign side if he continues to refuse to sign.

So it is very interesting to read about how Athletico Bilbao are dealing with their keeper Alex Ramiro, who is also stalling on a new contract. The 23 year-old is the next successor to Kepa Arrizabalaga who made his big money move to Chelsea this summer.

Despite the contract stand-off, Remiro was shocked to find that he wasn’t included in the squad for Bilbao’s opening League game against Leganes, and the Coach Eduardo Berizzo confirmed that the goalkeeper’s exclusion was due to the delays in agreement. He said: “As long as this is not resolved with peace and harmony we have decided not to call up [Remiro]. The club have learned from the past and do not want to see history repeated,”

Strangely enough this has now motivated Remiro to get his agents back into the club to thrash out an agreement so he can carry on playing. I wonder if Arsenal did the same thing with Ramsey he might get things sorted a little quicker as well?

Darren N


  1. Luckyville says:

    Ruthlessness is what we need to keep these players on their toes and I think Emery got it in him judging from his decisions both before matches and during games

    1. Durand says:

      I rather we sell Ramsey. Guendouzi gives all for the club, Torreria better defender, and AMN is what we hoped Ramsey would become; technical, defender, engine, box to box, etc.

      Ramsey’s time has passed quite frankly, and his starting on the bench did not properly motivate him.

      He appears more concerned about his pay raise than the atrocious and shoking form in the first two games.

      Ever the headless chicken; good riddance to bad rubbish. Have not missed Walcott a bit, won’t miss this mercenary either.

  2. gotanidea says:

    Good story about Bilbao, Darren

    But maybe Arsenal and Ramsey have decided not to talk about Ramsey’s contract extension anymore and therefore Ramsey can focus on his last season at the club now?

  3. RSH says:

    needs to be gone in Jan. if he’s not signing

  4. Sarmmie says:

    Arsenal should do exactly what Bilbao did, benching him for a very long time and by the time the next transfer window comes around, his value would have dropped and he won’t have much negotiating power then
    Let’s see who’ll pay #250k a week for a player who was benched all year

    1. gotanidea says:

      Arsenal should only do that if Ramsey doesn’t focus on the club

      If Arsenal and Ramsey have agreed not to extend their cooperation after this season, Ramsey can concentrate on his last Arsenal season

      Once that kind of agreement has been decided by both parties, it will be highly unethical to ruin someone’s career. Which will be similar to slavery or the inhumane treatment to the housemaid in the developing countries

      1. Sarmmie says:

        Yeah, you’re right, only if they’ve agreed that the contract won’t be renewed, but it looks like he’s the one holding out for more than what arsenal can afford. If paying him what he wants will drastically affect the wage bill, then I’ll prefer him to have a bad year than for arsenal to have difficulties signing players that’ll actually help the club forward for the next few years that we’ll be paying him a huge amount
        No player is bigger than the club, remember?

        1. Andrew E says:

          I’m sorry but I disagree. If he doesn’t sign a reasonable deal then at best keep him on the bench because we need fully committed players only. This could also be a lesson for future players trying to hold clubs to ransom. At the moment it’s a one way street the player gets full wages until he signs a lucrative personal deal with another club, a win- win situation for him. The club gets zero after investing in the player, in the case of Ramsey, for 10 years. It’s usually the case, clubs had all the power and abused it and now players have all the power and are abusing it. Somewhere in the middle would be good!!!

        2. Incarnate says:

          Do we realize that it is at the discretion of the club to allow a player to showcase his talents on its platform as much as its within the player’s rights to refuse a new contract? In my world, you are very free to exercise your right not to sign a new contract as much as I have a right not to allow you continued access to my team sheet.

      2. Mr Patrick says:

        How about him treating arsenal fans and the club like crap, no matter how you look at it their is no way he’s focused on the club 100% it’s not humanly possible no player should be allowed to dictate to the club this way and Rambo is not an exception or crucial to the club at the moment so off to play in the reserves until situation is resolved

      3. goonerscott86 says:

        Ramsey, being a slave to Arsenal? Not many slaves that I recall earning 110 grand a week for not doing an awful lot and looking to double up or move on to greener pastures. Get with it man

  5. Mr Patrick says:

    I agree with you 100% I’ve said it a couple of weeks ago Rambo should be made to play in the reserves and will see how much he’ll command on the market at the end of the season it’s a bold statement that arsenal need to make right now we’ve lost 2 matches that Rambo has played in so we know we know we can definitely do without his limited services

    1. Innit says:

      We won’t make any money from it if he spends the whole season in the reserves. He will just leave

  6. McLovin says:


    Kepa didn’t sign until last February, when he got only 5 months left in his contract. And yet, they kept playing him until he eventually signed. Now they sold him to Chelsea for 70 millions.

    1. Sarmmie says:

      What’s your point, pls?
      We should keep on playing him and we’ll probably sell him to barca for #100m in the summer?

  7. Jordangooner says:

    It is amazing how Arsenal have managed, to have so many players almost out of contract. Sanchez, Ozil, Wilshere and now Ramsey.
    Arsenal have to get tough now with the Prima Donnas. Many do not show the passion and commitment required. Unfortunately the Arsenal management have been both incompetent and soft. It is a new chapter bench them and then sell them, no more blackmail.

    1. ozziegunner says:


  8. Grandad says:

    I sense football fans throughout the UK have had enough of the bloodsucking parasites in the game who are more commonly known as “agents”.The time has come for all Clubs to get together with a view to excluding agents from transfer negotiations.Are modern day professional players incapable of making decisions on their own? Fans are now being asked to shelve out large sums to support their teams and a significant proportion of this money is effectively lining the pockets of agents who do absolutely nothing for the game.Enough is enough.

    1. Agents pay big taxes from their fat earnings so I don’t see the government ever allowing football clubs to eliminate them from the transfer business process. For example, Mino Raiola. Guy made what, £20M on the Pogba to utd transfer? Am sure he made the government very happy with that transfer! No way they’d ever allow his sleazy likes to be put out of work.

    2. Andrew E says:

      You are spot on Grandad and I do hope that something is done to rid the game of these leeches. I do have my doubts because football associations are inherently weak when it comes to imposing new laws. My case in point is EUFA’s toothless Financial Fairplay regulations which has allowed the rich clubs and their ‘creative lawyers’ to blatantly break the rules and get away with it.

      1. Andrew E says:

        I meant to say ‘creative accountants and lawyers’!!!

  9. Arsenal’s priority must be getting the best out of their 2-time player of the year. There is no money to replace a player of this caliber. Arsenal had a tough couple of opening games, but Ramsey will prove his worth, he always does.

    1. Sarmmie says:

      What best, pls? What possible best?

  10. Andrew E says:

    This is my fourth post on the Ramsey situation and my opinion is the same, let him train and play in the reserves until he makes his decision. He has had all summer and all he can say is “it is in the hands of my agent”. You’re a sportsman not a movie star and I think the club that backed you during your many injuries deserves an answer now.

    1. Mpesa says:

      True. The club’s been there for him throughout his lengthy injuries. They deserve a responsible & mature response from him.

      1. ozziegunner says:

        ??Ramsey is in for a shock, when he finds out what other clubs are prepared to offer him, particularly if he doesn’t play first tram football for most of the season. He has an over inflated opinion of his own ability.

        1. Sue says:

          The grass isn’t always greener hey?! Greedy sod

  11. I hope this issue does not become as disruptive as the Wenger and Sanchez contract stand-offs and is resolved before end of transfer window. We can find a replacement surely!

    1. Andrew E says:

      Exactly my thoughts!!

  12. Midkemma says:

    This is one of the times that Gazidis needs to show his footballs, make a public announcement of what is happening with the deal, lay it bare for all to see. To say how the club has supported him through his injuries and that the club and SUPPORTERS deserve an answer.

    If Emery can play without him then Emery and Gazidis could both stand together and tell Ramsey he is not even bench material until he commits, it would be the best way for Gazidis to show he is backing Emery after that penny pinching transfer window and best way for Emery to stamp his authority on the team by freezing out a potential key player for the fans.

    Will we see any of this or will Gazidis keep the boat steady and try to hide the fact it is wobbling like a drunkard on a skateboard…

    No more Wenger to blame. Let us hope our CEO can act like a CEO of a top team and not some dell boy whos job is to spin a profit.

    1. I agree with Midkemma. Loved his 2 last sentences.
      Unfortunatly waiting for Gazidis to step up is like waiting for the train home.
      As long as there is no Money in it he’ll do F….. All.

  13. JJPawn says:

    Sell Ramsay to any club, with a sell on clause for a percentage of the profits, if he moves else where, with a higher percentage if he returns to the EPL.

  14. Willyrich007 says:

    I don’t mind swapping Ramsey for Fabregas

  15. NONNY says:

    stingy arsenal arsenal deserve everything they are getting…How can a player perform in your 1st team And you won’t give him a new contract probably because any new contract will increase his current earning that person Will stay on that contract for years And when its left a year..You want that person To increase his contract That’s wickedness every top team Once you hold a player in high regards even if he has 3 years left you give him a new deal with increased wage Not wait for the final year that’s unacceptable I have seen it happen countless time With arsenal

  16. Boluwatife says:

    As usual, every Ramsey’s issue will always attract sentimentalism. Ramsey might not be an exceptionally brilliant player but I think he’s one of the few players that do work hard and definitely one of our best playerd. I could be blaming him but when you imagine how a player like Ozil managed to get that crazy deal, Kolasinac currently earning more than Ramsey etc, why shouldn’t he hold out for more? Just imagine, Kolasinac on a 140K per week and we are asking why Ramsey is demanding for more. Put yourself into Ramsey’s shoes viz a viz those around him before judging him

  17. Ola says:

    We can all blame, but let’s look at it from a different angle. We have players like Ozil on 350k a wk, doing nothing exceptional. I really don’t blame Ramsey for asking for more, l blame the club for offering a lazy player like Ozil that much in the first place. There should be fair and proper wage structure!

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