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The performances from Aaron Ramsey of late will give Arsenal fans something to remember come July, when he sets off to north Italy to join Cristiano Ronaldo and co. at ‘the Old Lady’ with a £400k a week contract on the horizon. His goal on Monday night against Newcastle took the Gunners back into the top 4 ahead of the final run of games in the Premier League, which could decide if Arsenal makes the Champions League next season.
Was Emery quick to end any hope of a new contract?
Emery’s arrival in May 2018 came with hope that his side will be built around the Welshman Ramsey but prolonged contract negotiations meant opportunities were rare at the start of the season.
A poor run of games in the opening months of the new season looked to have put him out of contention of being a regular starter for the rest of the season. Emery had moved him further up the pitch into the attacking midfielder role with the arrival of Uruguayan sensation Lucas Torreira. Two assists in the first seven games caused rotation in the line up for Emery ahead of their fixture at Craven Cottage, funny enough, it was Ramsey that came off the bench to score a goal that many fans will not forget in North London for the years to come. The Arsenal fans were crying out for the club captaincy to be handed to Ramsey in the summer following the retirement of the ‘BFG’ Per Mertesacker although some were quick to notice his sub-standard performances and believed it was best he left come the summer of 2019. It’s no surprise that short-tempered Arsenal fans are on the case of Ramsey after a few poor games with the name Aaron ‘Hamroll’ Ramsey being formed by regulars on Arsenal Fan TV.
Things weren’t going right for the Welshman at the start of the new campaign with Emery’s role change (Image: REUTERS)
Have things changed in the new year?
Defensive contributions were questioned of the Arsenal no.8 last season by pundits although all comments had seemed to be pushed aside when the Welshman partnered up in central midfield alongside Granit Xhaka and made 7 tackles against Manchester United in a pivotal top 4 clash.
Since the turn of the year, a move to Juventus in the summer was confirmed and to Arsenal’s benefit, it has allowed the Welshman to solely focus on the last few months of his 10-year stay in London. A goal in the closing minutes against relegation-bound Fulham got him back on track with consistent performances over the next few months. A final North London Derby at Wembley Stadium couldn’t have been better for Ramsey as he found the back of the net in the opening 15 minutes with a run in behind the Spurs defense before calmly taking the ball around Hugo Lloris. His celebration was exceptional as he pointed to the ground stating that this was ‘his ground’ and rightly so, it was his fourth goal in a matter of appearances at the national stadium.
Professionalism couldn’t have been shown by anyone better than Aaron Ramsey of late with a lack of talk to the media about his future and full focus towards the club he is currently playing for. There are few players like him in the Premier League today with the midfielder contributing much to Arsenal’s success in recent years and the work hasn’t gone unnoticed by his own fans as he has picked up 2 Player of the Season awards for the club!
His late runs into the box, bags of energy and cup final goals will be in the back of the heads of every Arsenal fan for the rest of their lives as he will truly be resembled as a club legend for his efforts to come back to the level he is at today after suffering a career-threatening injury at just 19 years of age. The next step proves to be a mystery but it’s inevitable that all Arsenal fans will keep an eye on the progress of the Welshman and support him for the next steps in his career.