Aaron Ramsey says that captaining Arsenal would be an honour, but has left us in no doubt that there’s some way to go before his future at the club is secure.
The Welsh international expanded on his comments from yesterday about a new contract, as he is now inside the last 12 months of his current deal, and although he insisted talks were ongoing he didn’t make it sound like any agreement is close to completion.
When it was put to him that he might be an option for captain, he said, “The captaincy is a massive responsibility and it would be an honour to captain this club.
“The manager is yet to decide so we’ll have to wait and see. But if the opportunity is there, I don’t think any player would say no. I’m no different.”
Arseblog News understands that the armband has been a feature of discussions between the club and the player’s agent, perhaps as an extra incentive to a new deal, but as yet Arsenal’s offers have proved insufficient for him to sign.
On that new deal, the 27 year old says he doesn’t feel any pressure – beyond questions from journalists who he likened to impatient children on a car journey.
“I’m excited to get going under this manager,” he said. “We’re just yet to come to an agreement.
“Whatever I decide to do, that’s on me. Do I feel under pressure? No. The only thing that makes it awkward is you keep asking the questions.
“It’s like having a baby in the car saying ‘Are we there yet, are we there yet?’
“I’m a player who always gives 100 per cent regardless of what’s going on. I will give absolutely everything to try to achieve something special this season, regardless.
“I’ve still got a year left and I’m looking forward to being in an Arsenal shirt in the new season.
“We have to come to an agreement with what we want, so maybe something might happen.”
Something might happen, ouch. It’s hard to be optimistic about this one, fingers crossed we can work it out.