These are confusing and strange times for Aaron Ramsey. The midfielder for Arsenal is playing for a manager that decided to sanction the withdrawal of a brand-new contract agreement earlier this season. However, despite being undesirable by Unai Emery, Ramsey is well aware that he has admirers at Liverpool, Bayern Munich, and Juventus, all of which are willing to sign Ramsey as a free agent during the summer.
Judging by the extended chanting of the footballer’s name by over 5,000 Arsenal fans during their 3-0 win against Blackpool in the FA Cup third-round on Saturday, Ramsey certainly has the vocal backing of the supporters in the stands as he starts his final six months with Arsenal.
Ramsey’s Current Situation at Arsenal
The fact that Aaron Ramsey started the game against Blackpool highlights his standing under Emery when it comes to the pecking order. Although Ramsey was involved on a frequent basis this season, he started less than half of the Premier League games for Arsenal which means he is not one of Emery’s top-tier players at the moment.
When asked after the match whether he wants Ramsey to stay onboard, Emery merely danced around the question with an evasive answer. “I’m not sure about the situation,” Emery stated. “But I’m extremely proud of his achievements and how he assisted the squad today.”
Several sources have informed us that the decision to withdraw the contract offer last September, which spanned across eight months, was solely down to Emery who believed that Ramsey couldn’t fit the requirements of an Arsenal midfielder. Meanwhile, Ramsey was ready to ink a brand-new contract worth £180,000 until the club decided to withdraw the contract.
Arsenal is well aware that the footballer can cover more miles and run longer than most players at the club. However, his strengths are more based on endurance as opposed to the high-energy needs that Emery wants which caused the contract to be withdrawn. As of 1 January 2019, Ramsey is welcome to talk freely with any non-English clubs regarding a summer move.
Where Will Ramsey Go?
Juventus are currently the front-runners when it comes to Aaron Ramsey, making it clear to him that they require another midfielder that already contains an arsenal of top-tier players. Bayern Munich are also quite interested in Ramsey and are prepared to swap Allianz Arena for the Emirates, while Liverpool also sees a highly diverse player that will cost them nothing when it comes to a transfer fee if they decide to sign Ramsey towards the end of the summer.
However, if Liverpool, Bayern Munich, and Juventus are so keen on obtaining Ramsey, who has been a fantastic player at Arsenal since he arrived in 2008 from Cardiff City as a young teenager, why has Emery already decided to write him off due to not fulfilling the necessary requirements? This is one question most Arsenal fans are wondering about, and they definitely made their concerns loud and clear when they chanted his name during the match against Blackpool.