Ramsey’s last chance to sign – N’Zonzi or Gomes to replace him?

Unai Emery and most Arsenal fans would prefer Aaron Ramsey to sign a contract extension to keep him at the club for the rest of his career, but the fact is that, with just one year remaining, he will have to be sold rather than kept to leave for free next summer and a decision will have to be made quickly as there is less than a month left of the transfer window.

So if he goes, who could we get into replace him? The obvious candidate for me is Sevilla’s Steven N’Zonzi, who has worked well under Emery before and is very experienced in the Premier League, but Barcelona’s Andre Gomes is another one that is being mooted as a replacement for the Welshman.

The Portugese international has never really settled at the Camp Nou over the two years he has been there, and he made it quite clear in March that he wanted to get away as soon as possible. He said: “I don’t feel good on the pitch,”

“I am not enjoying what I am doing. The first six months were pretty good but then things changed.

“Maybe it’s not the right word to use, but it has turned into a bit of a hell, because I have started to feel more pressure.

“With pressure I feel fine, but with the pressure on myself, I don’t. The feeling that I have during games is bad.”

So he is yet another live possibility and a very skilled player. Another poit in his favour is he is only 24 compared to N’Zonzi’s 29, but I still think the safest option for this season would be the ex-Stoke man. What do you think?



  1. GB says:

    I’m hearing N’Zonzi is wanted by spurs. I really like him though.

  2. Sam says:


  3. Juhi McLovin says:

    Torreira OFFICIEL



  4. Sue says:

    So happy about Torreira!

  5. Eddie Hoyte says:

    I don’t want Nzonzi!!!!!

  6. Someone says:

    Andre Gomes is not even half the player Ramsey is , so i hope not.

  7. gotanidea says:

    – N’zonzi: Okay as along as he is not expensive for his age

    – Gomes: No, I have been watching him for two seasons and he is just not at the same level as Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta and Roberto. Lacklustre, rarely take high risks and was a part of the relegation-zone Valencia (like Mustafi and Alcacer)

    Rather than getting those two, I’d prefer Denis Suarez. Another Luis Enrique’s flop, but sometimes he showed excellent ball control, first touches and vision

  8. Roachie says:

    I don’t want Nzonzi, he causes trouble at every club he’s been at.

  9. AndersS says:

    This is a tough one.
    If Ramsey doesn’t extend soon, he should be sold, and he is one the few players, we can actually hope to get a decent sum for.
    But I don’t really see, we need to replace him, if one or two of the youngsters can develop.
    We have too many players at the moment. It is too high a salary bill, and we can’t give enough of them a chance to play.

  10. Kenny Rolfe says:

    I get the feeling that these pages are saying we need Ramsey. If we can get a silly offer for him in the region of £40 Million, snatch their hand off, take the money and invest in a proper wide man. Wenger gave Ramsey a spell out wide and he was a disaster. |I don’t know how many times I’ve said it bit 36 Premier League goals in 10 years is not much of a return for an attacking midfielder.

    1. Durand says:

      Here here Kenny, right there with you. I’d love to get Tanguay Ndombele from Lyon; but dealing with them is absolute horror show.

      Many midfielders better than Ramsey; disciplined, technical, and more consistent and less injury prone. I almost forgot, less wages also. 200k weekly for Ramsey is disgraceful.

      I’d snatch their hand off for £40 million, but has anyone heard of any interest?

      Maybe we can swap with united again. Tell Jose’ here’s Ramsey, we’ll take Martial. Hell, I’ll take Rashford, I’m not that picky.

    2. Enagic says:

      Bundesliga has more and better creative players than Ramsey and I will put him in same category as Wilshere

    3. Midkemma says:

      You said it yourself Kenny, Wenger played Rambo out of pos, now you are saying that we shouldn’t recognise that and just say “36 EPL goals in 10 years”, this again is only part of a picture as Rambo has scored important goals in comps. 10 years means the season just gone as well, so the duration you have been saying what you said is no more than a couple/few months ;P

      Last season De Bruyne played 37 EPL games and scored a whopping 8 goals.
      Rambo only played 22 games and struggled to score the 7 goals he did score. =.=

      1 goal difference in last season. 15 games less and only 1 goal less than De Bruyne.

      Paul Pogba? 27 games and 6 goals…

      The Ox: 32 games and 3 goals, he cost Liverpool £35 million! Rambo has to be worth more than just £5mil more than this…

      Cesc scored 2 goals in 32 games last season.

      Stats do not lie.
      The people may use them to mislead (intentionally or not) but that is the human being, not the stat.

      To try and list EVERY stat would require an article instead of a reply lol 😛
      But to get the numbers that Rambo got last season then he had to score in EPL games which he did, 1 less than one of the better AMs and last season EPL winner!

      One thing I do have difficulty comprehending is how people can moan at Wenger for letting the players down (lack of tactics and poor training) yet they still jump on the players back rather than support the player to develop with a new manager who brings fresh coaching methods for us.

      Shouldn’t we back Emery? Get behind our new manager and offer him trust to do what he believes he can do? If he thinks Rambo can be vital and he thinks he can get Rambo playing consistently well then wouldn’t that be wonderful for us?

      1. Durand says:

        Are you seriously comparing Ramsey to Debryune? Surely you are being sarcastic?
        Supporting players one thing, but the delusion is strong within you young jedi. Wenger would be proud.

        I can cherry pick also and show where Giroud is better striker than Ronaldo during a scoreless spell.

        How about the big picture, career stats?

        Everyone knows why, it won’t hold up. Ask yourself this; who would you rather have, Ramsey or Debryune? Yeah thought so, Debryune everyday all day.

        Every team would choose Debryune. No need to talk up world class talent, their performances say it all.

        When you have to talk up a player, hint hint, they probably aren’t world class.

        Honestly, Ramsey isn’t in same galaxy as Debryune. Never was never will be.

  11. Kai says:

    Sell him. Overrated. His force is to run. Nothing else.

  12. jon fox says:

    Nzonzi? No thanks! I would not touch this average and fast ageing player with a bargepole. Not Arsenal standard. Not remotely!

    1. Midkemma says:

      I agree with you on this Jon.

      I know Rambo has his haters and heck, if Wenger had stayed then I could be counted as one of them…

      My biggest two complaints about Rambo are his fitness and def awareness. I do not know if Emery training will help him stay fit, keeping my fingers crossed and waiting for Emery to prove one way or the other… For the def awareness, if Emery rep of giving out homework is true then I can trust that Rambo will be taught the def side more and made aware of his duties unlike Wenger who used to encourage players to get forward and somehow win the ball back.

      If Emery can’t get Rambo to perform then I will not shed a tear if he is sold, I just have this curiosity and hope that Emery brings with him.

      1. jon fox says:

        Yes, I am not Ramseys greatest fan , not by a long way BUT I would still keep him , though only if he signs for the wage we are offering. He is far from irreplaceable and for the money he would fetch if sold, we could do better, and I hope would decide to do so, IF NECESSARY! I do however like his passion and he had a good season just gone.

  13. Kenny Rolfe says:

    You’ve definitely confused me with both of your posts Midkemma, so let me make it easier. 36 Premier League goals in 234 games from 2008 -2018, and yes, and that’s including last year. Oh, and by the way, a spell out wide. PS: As you said yourself, nothing defensively.

    1. GunnerJack says:

      ‘Nothing defensively’ sums Ramsey up perfectly Kenny. As for playing out wide Wenger would prise him into the team with a crowbar in any position he could! No one knows why of course, but just remember he was one of the highly biased Wenger’s ‘children’.

      Hope Emery can do something with him if he stays. And if he goes I’d just put AMN next to Torreira and see how that works out. Marvellously I think! Especially as that would mean no Elneny or Xhaka too!

      1. GunnerJack says:

        P.S. I remember reading that Emery was asked to introduce our younger players when he could and now that AMN has got another season’s experience under his belt then this would be a great opportunity to do just that. Regardless, I’d play AMN instead of Xhaka every time no matter where Ramsey is fitted into the team.

    2. Sparkles says:

      Kenny you think the goals are the only thing that matters? What about the assists in those games? What about the attacking moves he started that eventually lead to goals (even though he didn’t directly assist them)? Ramsey is not the best player there is, but he is well above average. Unless he fails to sign, he should be kept. All some fans know how to do is to slate players. Many of you are even pathetic at your jobs just as you are pathetic at your comments.

      1. Kenny Rolfe says:

        Calm down Sparkles. Does goals matter? Well yes, especially if you’re an attacking midfielder and as you say yourself “Ramsey is not the best player out there”, Also the fact he want’s 200K a week. Move him on.

      2. GunnerJack says:

        How do you know who is pathetic at their jobs? Psychic are you? Yours is one of the most pathetic and stupid comments I’ve ever read.

        1. Admin says:

          Okay I agree that was a stupid thing for sparkles to say. But no more insults please….

          1. GunnerJack says:

            You got it!

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