Ramsey needs to sign new deal to become an Arsenal legend

Ramsey needs to stay at Arsenal as a legend by Iomie

Henrikh Mkhitaryan wants contract rebel Aaron Ramsey to sign a new deal with the club, with talks taking far to long over a new contract. The Welshman is arguably one of the most important players at the club, with his energy, leadership and creativity giving us something different in attack.

But in the last few months he has been linked with a big money move to either Manchester United or Chelsea, with both reportedly ready to make a move and get him signed for a fee of £50 million, which is £30 million less than what we could get if he was on a long-term deal.

But Mkhitaryan, who joined the club back in January, believes Ramsey will become a vital piece of Unai Emery’s squad if he agrees to a new deal and finally commits his immediate future to the club.

He said on the official website: ‘His work rate is very, very high and everyone appreciates what he does on the pitch and off it, because he’s a true professional.

‘Of course it’s very easy to play next to him because he tries to be everywhere to help the team – to score goals, to assist, to tackle, recover balls – and that’s why I’m going to be very happy if he stays at the club.

‘I think he’s been with the club for 10 years already and it seems that he became a symbol for this club. I will be very happy for him if he signs a new contract because he’s in the history of Arsenal already and I hope he can become a legend for Arsenal after a few more years.’

Now it is pure speculation, but Ramsey reportedly wants a deal that is close to that of German Mesut Ozil, who held the club to ransom in February and managed to agree a reportedly £350,000-a-week contract.

While his performances since the signing of that deal have been somewhat, crap, he is set to be Emery’s main focus of attack next season, with a new role rumoured.

And Ramsey believes he is just as important and just as worthy of a massive contract to stay at the Emirates, something many fans will debate considering just how inconsistent he can be.



  1. Break-on-through says:

    Dembelle’s been pictured in London with Aubameyang, Lacazette, Mkhitaryan, Guendouzi, & Auba’s Dad took the picture.

    1. Tactical says:

      This is a joke, right?

      1. GunnerJack says:

        Yes I just checked to see if it’s April Fools Day myself. Not totally sure it’s Dembele in the pic.
        Don’t suppose Ramsey’s been pictured dining with Messi and co?

        1. Break-on-through says:

          Its in the Mirror and the Daily mail, doesn’t look like photo shop and it looks like Dembelle to me. It could be just him in London and meeting up with the lads, he prob knows Guendouzi from youth team.

    2. sanmi.marvellous says:

      Me too I saw it in my dream. I had to change my sleep positioning on the bed. You may have to do same, otherwise you will see Messi in Gunner’s shirt in your dream.

      1. Th14 says:

        Dembelle is in London for Auba’s fathers birthday.

  2. Tactical says:

    Arturo Vidal is going for about 20 million. Surely, he would make perfect sense and would be one of the few midfielders in the world who could be an upgrade *gasp! on Ramsey. Just saying that there are still great deals in this transfer market.

  3. JW says:

    unfortunately, I think that Arsenal will need to sell before they can buy., probably 6 or more will have to be sold

  4. Innit says:

    Ramsey isn’t the only one on last year of contract
    Contracts that expire in 2019

    Emery will probably re-sign Ramsey, Campbell, Welbeck, Monreal, Akpom and then sell them next summer.

    1. Mobella says:

      You come across to me like an intelligent guy but i don’t know what to think after you put a player who will just signed into a year contract. Being on a year contract and on the last year a contract is not the same.

  5. GunnerJack says:

    A couple of sentences in Miki’s statement about Ramsey are irrelevant. These being:
    ‘he’s been with the club for 10 years already’ (more’s the pity) and ‘he’s in the history of Arsenal already’. Maybe, because he scored cup final goals, but I think he’d soon be forgotten if he left and he’s certainly no legend.
    Now can someone go and wake up Ramsey and tell him to get off the treatment table and go home where he’s got a perfectly good bed of his own.

    1. Durand says:

      GunnerJack agree 100%. Article had me laughing;

      ….£50 million which is £30 million less if he was on long contract.”

      WHAT? What is this author smoking?
      Rosiest tinted glasses I’ve ever seen.

      Note to author, Ramsey is only worth what a team is willing to pay. You can say £80million, £50 million, but if rumor about Chelsea offering £30 million is true, that’s all he’s worth to Chelsea.

      Stop and consider world class players that have that £80 million buyout clause. Ramsey not close at all to that level of talent.

      Last year of contract £30 million for him sounds right. Him at 27 on 4 or 5 year contract, maybe £50 million to an English club.

      City or Utd pay that easy and sit him on bench and count as homegrown rule.

  6. Maks says:

    Lomie, you spoted that lot s of jokes can be made about greatness of ramsey so you wrote another article about nothing just to provoke more…

  7. Auba Arsenal of Lagos says:

    Dembele in London, but just for auba’s dad’s birthday party.

  8. Twig says:

    Sell Welbeck, Ramsey and Mustafi
    Buy Dembele

  9. antbadapple says:

    Interesting to see where our defence is heading .. Mustafi has been played alot .. would Kos come in for him when fit, chambers has a chance too ??

    1. Patrick says:

      Lichsteiner could also be moved into the center (right side) in place of Mustafi perhaps? Kos will eventually come back in when 100% fitter i suppose…

  10. paul35mm says:

    Ramsey should go. He would be massive in the less physical leagues in France, Spain or Italy, where his energy and technical ability would be unleashed. How much he sells for is sort of besides the point, though the higher he sells for, the more Arsenal can spend on a replacement. His valuewould be more if he had more time left, but he is unlikely to settle for low wages.

    I think he will go to either United or Chelsea, though PSG, Juventus, Napoli, Roma, Real Madrid or Atletico would be better fits.

    Chelsea could use a player like him to play next to Kante or push up to play in the #10, where he has excelled for Wales. Chelsea are desperate for quality players, they can afford his wages, and Ramsey did well in pertnership with Giroud in the past. If I were a betting man, I’d picture Ramsey in blue before the summer is over.

    At United, Mourinho would love him because he’s a two-way player with energy and bite, but it is hard to see him getting in the team unless the Special One sees Ramsey as his #10. He would be a very good #10 with Alexis, Lukaku, and Lingard/Rashford/Martial in front of him. It is hard to see it happening, but Alexis might be an influence there, if anyone at all influences Mourinho.

    I like Ramsey, in spite of his flaws. He’s better than he’s gotten credit for at Arsenal. A two-way, goal scoring midfielder with great passing range and a high motor is always worth having and big clubs value them. It is easy to imagine Ramsey in the middle of the park at Man City, next to Fernandinho, snapping passes forward to Aguero, Sterling, De Bruyne, Jesus, and making those slicing, delayed runs into the box for cutbacks from KD and company. He’d score 20 goals for City and have 15 assists.

    1. GunnerJack says:

      I got the strong impression that Alexis thinks Ramsey is useless after watching him shouting at him in a few matches.

  11. Things are changing says:

    The fact we are paying Ozil 350 per week is somewhat disturbing to me but the fact that Ramsey would think of himself in those same terms is laughable. We should not even pay Ramsey half of what we pay Ozil.

    Yes, it is nice he has a good engine but do you pay silly money for a player who puts in a shift? He doesn’t have the football intelligence to consistently influence games, he loses the ball in dangerous places and leaves his defenders exposed in the process, and he slows games down with his sideways passing.

    He can be a useful squad player but to pay him more than 150 per week would be silly IMO. I don’t see him as part of our starting 11 and I don’t think the manager sees him that way either.

  12. Goonstar says:

    RAMSEY and ARSENAL LEGEND in one sentence? What has happened to our fanbase in this past few years? People are just touting the term LEGEND like it is cheap.

    If Ramsey signs a new contract then he will become an Arsenal Legend?

    If Ozil can have one single consistent season and signings a contract extension then that is enough for his fanbase to make him an Arsenal Legend?

    If so and so does not leave us or he does this and that he we will make him a legend blah blah.

    Arsenal legends win you big trophies or are consistent go to characters when we need them, not these cuties of players that are full of excuses.

    Desperate and weird stuff from our fans. Smh

    1. jon fox says:

      Goonstar , you make a great point. Firstly the word “legend” when applied to a mere footballer is in any case, incorrect language. But I accept the modern meaning, IF it refers to a true great, great player. But to call such as Parlour, Gilberto, Keown and lower down that scale, Ramsey, legends is faintly ridiculous. When “legend” is routinely applied to a merely good , even quite good player, then the word loses its effect. As a writer and lover of correctly used language, I despair at how so many who care little of the power of words, continue to use incorrect language and thus distort the true meaning.. To my mind, neither Sanchez or Ozil are legends either , not remotely . To be one you need consistent greatness and consistent longevity at a club.

      1. Mickew says:

        This made me laugh”as a writer and and lover of correctly used language” so why on earth do you continue to use Caps in the middle of sentences, it doesn’t mean anything and makes you look rather silly. I have to say though you have surprised you appear to have actually moved on from AW and don’t continually mention him well done ? brave new world awaits us all, bright future ahead.

        1. jon fox says:

          It is for emphasis and is well known among writers. You clearly know nothing of how to write. Your ignorant and incorrect comment shows how little you know. When speaking we use vocal inflection to emphasise. We cannot do this when writing and so we use capitals. You really should know this but clearly do not.

          1. Mickew says:

            Fantastic, true to form when all else fails resort to insults you really are something else, I won’t resort to insults as to be honest you are not worth the effort, if you knew the language as you well as you think you do you would know your retort is incorrect and further displays your lack of understanding of the English language. I’m sure this will as usual result in another stream of unintelligible rubbish and more insults, oh welll, as I said true to form.

  13. Michael says:

    What is the reward for being an Arsenal legend?

  14. jon fox says:

    It is already years too late and a distinct lack of ability too late for Ramsey ever to become a true legend. I use “legend” in the Henry, Brady, Viera, Bergkamp, Pires, Adams level of pedigree. Ramsey is a good player but injury prone, selfish and inconsistent and that is clear truth. I want him to stay BUT not at all costs. To award him an Ozil level contract would be stupid and counter productive. He is just not at that level. I say he either signs for what we offer him now OR we sell to the highest bidder next week.

    1. Phil says:

      JF-I just can’t help thinking we may just be better off without Ramsey.I like him as a player but his strengths are going forward and in my mind Mykotarian gives us so many more options.Ramsey is NOT a prolific scorer and is certainly not an out and out No10 despite what he may feel.I believe we have strength in midfield without Ramsey.He infuriates me with his constant loss of possession and his obsession with the little flicks that never come off.He has an engine but with no real pace.
      This is a tough call for Emery who no doubt wants to keep him but his worth and value is not at all costs.We have gone through long periods of the season without him and to me he has not always added to the team when he came back.Je is very injury prone and I also wonder why he has not signed the contract he was offered.I am leaning more and more to letting him go and using AMN or Guandoizi sitting next to Torreira.It all depends on the shape and formation Emery plays but it’s a decision that the Manager must decide

      1. jon fox says:

        I am inclined to agree and am becoming convinced that he will not be here next February, after thre Jan 2019 window. I WOULD BE HAPPY TO SEE HIM LEAVE THIS NEXT WEEK, in the light of his refusal to accept our offer.

  15. russell says:

    If Barca want Ramsey + cash for dembele let me go will get a better player dembele is young and good and those are the kind of deals we need comeon arsenal go get him

  16. Bookie says:

    Ramsey gave y’all your first cup in 9 years and would’ve even delivered the EPL if not for his injury. That earns him legend status. You forget so easily.

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