Why Arsenal were wrong to thank Aaron Ramsey
Well it was finally confirmed what many Arsenal fans knew for some time, that Welsh international Aaron Ramsey will be leaving Arsenal to join Italian champions Juventus in the summer.
The news was first broken by BBC sport journalist and Arsenal Oracle David Ornstein, when he tweeted that Ramsey had signed a pre contract to join the Turin giants this summer , strangely though Ornstein said that the Welshman would be getting paid £400’000 per week. A couple of hours later respected Italian journalist Gabriele Marcotti firmly corrected the figure spread by Ornstein and possibly Arsenal , when he said that his sources closer to Juventus say the wage is actually £250’000 per week. As I say it seems possible Arsenal might have tried to push the higher wage story to lessen the blow a little of Ramsey leaving.
There have long been rumours being either leaked or pushed mostly by the club that Aaron Ramsey was asking for extortionate wage demands, that he wanted Mesut Ozil money (£350’000 per week) , or even more. These rumours seemed to be further confounded when it came out that Arsenal dramatically pulled out of contract negotiations with Ramsey, spouting some talk that he had an ego and that he wasn’t the right type of player for manager Unai Emery’s style of play. This of course contradicted what Emery said as he joined the club, when he said he would build the team around Ramsey.
As many tributes descended upon Twitter and Facebook and any other possible social media place you can hashtag Rambo, possibly the most startling was one from the club, as they posted many tweets of platitudes and thanks for the Welsh servant of 11 years to the club.
The club tweet statement started with “Thank you @aaronramsey“linking to the official club statement, which reads:
“Everyone at Arsenal Football Club wishes Aaron Ramsey a happy and successful future.
Aaron’s made a fantastic contribution to our club since joining from Cardiff City in 2008. He has always been a consummate professional and will always have a special place in the hearts and memories of Arsenal fans around the world.
We look forward to Aaron helping the team to a strong end to this season before he joins Juventus in the summer.”
Copyright 2019 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source.
Arsenal went on to post tweet after tweet about Ramsey, celebrating his career at the club and what he had achieved and here we arrive at the reason for the title of this article.
After all we have mentioned be that the fake stories of his wage demands, the changing stories from Emery about Ramsey’s suitability to his desired playing style to now it seems this almost fake stance of we were helpless to hold on to him , it all just appears a little disrespectful to Aaron Ramsey and indeed the Arsenal fans.
It comes across at least to me as if Arsenal are presenting it like Aaron Ramsey was moving up to a bigger team in Juventus, he’s finally getting his big break to join the big leagues from little Arsenal. Ramsey is finally able to earn money that Arsenal players can only dream of, apparently.
This notion is not only disrespectful to all the years Ramsey has given to the club but also to the years Arsenal have been one of the biggest teams in Europe, decades of years in the Champions League , a trophy cabinet full of silverware.
In conclusion yes I say thank you to Aaron Ramsey for the years he’s given to Arsenal in a time when long term stays at football clubs are a thing of the past but I also say Arsenal stay classy don’t forget who you are.