Ramsey seems keen on new contract – but Lacazette is keener!

The reported Chelsea and Manchester United target Aaron Ramsey has been urged to stay at Arsenal this summer, by team-mate Alexandre Lacazette.

It is no secret the Welshman is having real issues agreeing to a new contract at the Emirates, with some reports the Gunners are not willing to meet his high wage demands, which are said to be up there with Mesut Ozi’s £350,000-a-week deal.

And that has led to a lot of speculation over the last few months that he could leave the club after ten years, with United and Chelsea both ready to delve into their transfer kitty and make a £50 million offer to the Gunners.

Indeed, Ramsey gave nothing away in a recent interview in which he was asked about his contract situation at the Emirates, stating that talks are in progress.

He recently told Sky Sports: ‘Talks are still ongoing, I’ve got nothing else to say about that.

‘We’ll see what happens, my agent and the club are talking.

‘I’m leaving that to them to discuss and figure out.

‘But we have to come to an agreement, that’s something that my agent and the club are discussing to try to get something done.’

But Alexandre Lacazette, who has become very close with the attacking midfielder, has told Ramsey that he needs to stay at the club and ignore transfer interest, as ‘He brings stability, quality and leadership.’

Lacazette told Sky Sports News: “Aaron has been there for about 10 years, he is like a legend at the club.

“We have to be respectful for everything he has done and of course with his quality he can help the team to be better. He brings stability, quality and leadership.

“He is an example for all the young players too, so of course we need Aaron in the team.”

Ramsey did not have the best of seasons last year in a Gunners shirt and for many, he didn’t deserve the player of the season or the kind of deal that he is reportedly asking for.

But with Unai Emery left with little time and no more money to fill the void of Ramsey if he does leave, it is important for the club that the club tie down one of their biggest, and longest serving players.


  1. snowden says:

    There are too many ‘heresay’ phrases . Phrases without substance to merit serious comment.

  2. JustJoy says:

    legends dont drag contracts but make quick decisions… sign it Rambo and concentrate,


    earlier the better lets collect the cash now and you leave like your father.

    1. Tiago Amoedo says:

      Leave! I’m tired of failure players like him. Ramsey chamberlain, chambers, walcott, welbeck, jenkinsosn…. players of midtable teams….

    2. Ken1945 says:

      Just Joy, sorry if I am being thick, but could you please explain your last statement..’leave like your father’?

      1. A.ball08 says:

        I believe he was referring to AW sowing his seeds from his loins and producing his son Ramsey.
        Or am I missing something as well

      2. jon fox says:

        Not thick at all Ken. Some people write in riddles and yet expect intelligent folk to understand. I don’t have a clue either, but why worry, as people who write as he does are hardly brain of Britain anyway.

        1. Ken1945 says:

          Thanks Aball08, I would never in a million years have worked that one out!!!!
          As you say Jon, writing in riddles it certainly is.
          In fact it’s so difficult to understand,one loses the will to live let alone try to debate!!

        2. David Rusa says:

          Jon Fox, There you go again with Brain of Britain! What is that? Is brain of Britain superior to others’ brain? I only hope this is a light hearted comment and not a racist remark. This site includes all types of people. It is therefore very provocative to make such uncalled for comments. Learn to respect the broad Arsenal support which has made the Club strong and a world brand.

          1. jon fox says:

            YES IT WAS A LIGHT HEARTED COMMENT ABOUT SOMEONE WHO POSTED UNINTELLIBLY. And as you CANNOT know, i would make MY position clear on so called race. There is only one race . THE HUMAN RACE. ETHNICITY IS SOMETHING TO BE CELEBRATED AND DIVERSITY OF CULTURE, LANGUAGE, SKIN COLOUR TOO. YOU COULD NOT POSSIBLY KNOW BUT I am implacably oppposed to all damaged humans who are what is known as “racists”. Racism is for dinosaurs, NOT intelligent humans. Just thought it might be helpful to make my position and all otherevolved humans too, clear to you.

  3. Rodney says:

    Arsene Wenger he meant lol

  4. Rkw says:

    Ramsey’s presence in the game today was noticeable for not being noticeable … Sign and bench for all I care but he was wenger’s excuse or not strengthening our midfield and AFC should be looking for much higher quality to compete at the top again

  5. Auba Arsenal of Lagos says:

    Don’t care if he leaves so we can replace him with smith-rowe.

  6. ThirdManJW says:

    I just cannot fathom out why some fans STILL believe Ramsey to be an integral part of the squad?

    1. A.ball08 says:

      Because he scores goals.
      It’s a special knack to arrive at the right to time to pop the ball in the net.
      He lacks discipline and lots of other things in his game which the last coach failed to teach him but if our new manager can get inside his head then we will have a lethal weapon on our hands
      Otherwise we sell him if he doesn’t sign but it it hard to replace goals.

      1. Kenny Rolfe says:

        Alan Ball 177 games 45 goals Aaron Ramsey 234 games 36 goals. Bally had it, Ramsey doesn’t

        1. Durand says:

          Kenny I agree wholeheartedly, and have pointed out the same as well as 40 assists. It doesn’t matter to some, they will see what they want to see.
          You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. You can point out 10 years of facts, but people think last year is Ramsey’s new normal, dezpite 9 years to the contrary. SMH

        2. OzzieGunner says:

          Alan Ball had real class; World Cup winner 1966. Unfortunately the team overall at that time was not good enough to win the League and Ball had transferred out prior to Arsenal winning the double in 1970/71.
          I have the book on the double and when you look at the player’s photos they were a team of tough looking men eg John Radford, Peter Storey, Frank McLintock, Bob McNab, Pat Rice. Then again you couldn’t be shrinking violet up against the Billy Bremner’s and Alan Hunter’s of those days.

          1. jon fox says:

            Ozzie, I assume you are not old enough to have seen the Double team in person? I am easily old enough, sadly for me and can testify how tough these and others in that side were. I knew George Armstrong , though only over the garden fence, personally and we who went to away games regularly were often given free seats(comps) by several of those names, plus others when we waited outside the players entrance. You didn’t EVER see the TEAK TOUGH MEN WHO PLAYED IN THOSE DAYS FEIGNING INJURY OR DIVING. These would have not been tolerated and thought cissy and not something MEN did. I sat next to Ray Kennedy on the tube, Piccadily Line, and asked him if he was playing today. He replied “I hope so, but not sure yet.” Real decent humans , not remote from we fans , in those days. Football harmony was all the better for it. And you did NOT mess with many of them and definitely NOT with Peter Storey. The fans used to sing “Storey, Storey , break his leg”. Peter Storey did NOT MOONLIGHT AS A SOCIAL WORKER, YOU MAY NOT BE SURPRISED TO KNOW! And Bob Wilson was absurdly, foolishly BRAVE; WHAT A KEEPER AND WHAT A PERSON TOO.

        3. A.ball08 says:

          No one beats ball (God rest his soul) .. in my opinon ball is and has always been my all time favourite arsenal player. R8ght aside chippy Brady.
          If Ramsey signs we will fit him in and if he doesn’t then off he goes for a small fee
          Watching the game yesterday I was impressed with the pressing and high intensity, even right to the end.
          Shooting on sight rather then no one taking responsibility and passing it off
          You can’t read much in to pre season but it gives me confidence going in to the new season..
          Our left still looks a bit exposed at times
          Still a bit muddled at the back but I think he will sort that out
          For the short space of time he has been working with them I see great improvement
          Where ever we finish at the end of the season (inside or outside top 4) as long as they end season as they did on the final whistle of yesterday’s game. 100% pressing and commitment then I will be pleased on 1seasons progress..
          Don’t get me wrong I won’t us to win all 4 competitions we are in this season… be the first team to ever do that and set another record….?

          1. jon fox says:

            Yes, God bless Bally , one of our greats , though, I cannot truthfully put him, quite, in our all time best eleven. Chippy Brady was so far our best player in the mid/ late seventies that it was embarrassing. He would keep Bally out of my all time team, which OUGHT to be rationally impossible. Bally had so much about him and was a delight though. And as for this season , I am also thrilled at the committment, pace, forward passing and organisation achieved by Emery in virtually no time at all. Only hungry players ever win titles. UNDER WENGER OUR SQUAD HAD NOT BEEN TRULY HUNGRY FOR MANY A LONG YEAR.

  7. Phelyx says:

    Let’s resolve this issue asap. We need to know where we stand since the transfer window is closing earlier to get a replacement

  8. Break-on-through says:

    Lacazette said more than this. He talked about his team work being terrific. Best of seasons, no it wasn’t his best one but he certainly deserved player of the season. People who say he didn’t are mostly the type who went on about his good looks and his hair, nuff said. There’s a large bunch of Arsenal fans who seem more in line of what you’d expect from followers of the Big Brother TV program.

  9. Praise the emblem says:

    Sometimes it seems like Ramsey’s inconsistency
    Has a lot to do with him shaving his beard off its obvious that Ramsey with beard is more consistent and a real threat on the ball beardless Ramsey is just a 27yr old school running around aimlessly on the field

    1. jon fox says:

      YES, OF COURSE , THAT’S IT. ALL OUR PLAYERS MUST GROW BUSHY BEARDS AND THEN WE ARE CERTAIN TO WIN EVERYTHING. Why didn’t you tell us this missing ingredient before now!

  10. Praise the emblem says:

    *school kid*

  11. RSH says:

    reading through recent threads, we’re back to believing the pre-season hype. Why do we do this to ourselves. Pre-season does not dictate how a season will go at all folks. If Emery loses his first two games I really hope we don’t see people coming for his throat already. There is actually a comment suggestion Smith Rowe starts ahead of Ramsey, completely ignoring the fact they play different positions as well.

  12. Dailymail and Caughtoffside say Chelsea willing to bid 30 million for Ramsay> Rumour or not, would we take 30 million for Ramsay. I would take it and go without even looking back

    1. GunnerJack says:

      Bite their hand off is a phrase which comes to mind!

      1. Ken1945 says:

        But then of course, if Ramsey plays to the potential that Emery obviously sees in him, the club will yet again be accused of selling our best players to our biggest rivals.
        Although I trust in Emery’s judgement, it seems the majority on this site disagree with him already.
        Ramsey’s fellow players also seem to want him to stay, so there must be something that is being overlooked regarding our player of the year.
        Having said that, he must sign soon or Emery has a decision to make.

        1. jon fox says:

          Don’t you think that decision is easily upon Emery ALREADY, rather than soon, Ken? Uncertainty is the enemy of sensible planning , Id say!

          1. GunnerJack says:

            So far as I’m concerned this is the only blot on the record of our new management/coaching staff. It makes me feel uneasy that they are doing the Wenger dither dance.
            You are making Arsenal look weak and pathetic by giving so much consideration to the Ramsey Ransom demands!
            JUST GET ON WITH IT one way or another for crying out loud!
            NOW would be good!

          2. GunnerJack says:

            To clarify – when I said ‘you’ I mean the new staff, not any of the contributors on here.

  13. herb says:

    iniesta, modric, kroos and all the top midfielders are NOT gauged based on their goals but rather their ability to control games and have an eye for long range passes.

    Ramsey will never be that, plain and simple.

    There are better midfielders 10 times ramsey skill, in KOVACIC and BANEGA.

    1. Durand says:

      Great point herb, well said. I would also add the term “Midfield General” to reinforce your point about controlling a game.

      Who would sell Modric or Iniesta (best midfielder in Barca history) because they don’t score goals by arriving late in the box?

      Honest question, which is more important to Arsenal next year;
      Midfielder making late runs in box at the cost of defensive positioning
      A true midfield general controlling the midfield at the cost of late runs in box?

      Basically is a Ramsey or a Carzola type midfielder more important?

      1. OzzieGunner says:

        ?Cazorla for sure!

        1. GunnerJack says:

          Nicely put Durand and well backed up OzzieG. Ramsey is not in the same league as those greats.

      2. jon fox says:

        I loved your post!

  14. Tony says:

    Ramsey has had one good year in 10. A very average premier league player who just seems to run around a lot, frequently giving misplaced passes which then puts us under pressure. No more than a squad player at best!

  15. Chiza says:

    I still don’t know if Xhaka would be ready to stay on the bench…he is a big player whether we like it or not and I’m sure Emery knows this… I can’t just see Xhaka staying on the bench… And i can’t just see Emery not getting a winger that would slot in immediately into our first 11…and I’m also sure Ramsey is going to say…abd I also know it would be difficult for Emery to drop lacazette to the bench just like that…… Man I can’t just picture our first eleven anymore….it is really nice to see competition everywhere.. We have a large squad

    1. JW says:

      in the end it only matters who Emery wants to start. At big elite clubs there are good players on the bench. If Arsenal want to get back to the top of the heap again, they will have to have a strong bench, but the starters have got to be top notch.

  16. GoonerUTH says:

    OT – Guys what do you think about Rabiot? He really excites me. He will be a free agent when the 18/19 season ends.

  17. John Ibrahim says:

    its so weird that fans doesnt rate and like Ramsay but Wenger, Emery and others wants him…

    the fans know best??

    1. JW says:

      Wenger wanted SonoGoal also

      1. GunnerJack says:

        He’s also responsible for Xhaka and Elneny

        1. jon fox says:

          And Iwobi!

  18. Innit says:

    I want Ramsey to stay. He is good but
    We shouldn’t offer Ramsey more than £350,000 per week. If he doesn’t accept that then sell him or let him run out his contract.

    1. Gooner14 says:

      Are you crazy? We shouldn’t offer him more than 150k.

    2. jon fox says:

      Arsenal do not have a magic money tree. And even if they did, which they don’t, they shuld never give the best fruit to such as RAMSEY. If a player of his ability is not content with £150 k pw maximum. then many would say sell him, me included.

  19. Phelyx says:

    Ramsey style fit the no 10 role not deep playmaker. It is best we sell him

  20. harry says:

    for a player who played 21 games in epl last season…he produced 7 goals and 8 assists from Central midfield. arsenal should do all they can to keep Ramsey. he’s 27 and has the best years in front of him. QED

  21. Pauladonis says:

    Ramsey, i really, REALLY dislike him. His style of play is schoolboyish and self-serving, always bombing forward trying to score, abandoning his midfield duties, and he’s such a wasteful player with his DUMB flicks, he’s such a dreamer to want 350k/week.

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