Emery talks Rambo focus and contract talks

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Unai Emery says he’s been pleased with Aaron Ramsey contribution in recent matches but despite the midfielder underlining his quality there’s no suggestion Arsenal will re-enter contract negotiations.

The Wales international, who is out of contract at the end of the season, was offered a new deal in the summer but was left frustrated when the club decided to renege on the terms.

The club has since made it very clear that they are happy for Ramsey to leave and, in turn, the player has intimated he’ll delay a final decision on his future until the summer when he can secure a lucrative Bosman move.

Having been a regular under Arsene Wenger, Ramsey has had to make do with substitute cameos in the league and starts in cup competitions. Despite limited minutes, he leads the Premier League’s assist table having taken his tally to six with two in the 4-2 win over Sp*rs. He also has two goals to his name.

On his relationship with Ramsey and how he sees the contract situation playing out, Emery revealed: “Two months ago we spoke together, both for his moment, his present and future. I think it was a very good conversation.

“I said to you also here in the press conference that I want his focus only on the team, on giving us his performances.

“His present is as I want, and his future is very important for him and his family.

“I think in the last matches his focus [is there]. We were speaking between us [the coaches] and I look at him in every match.

“His focus is positive for us, it helps us. He needs to think about his future, for his family and for him. If he plays like [in the north London derby], it’s the best for him and the best for us.”

But while he is pleased with Ramsey’s recent contribution, Emery indicated there had no been change to the contract impasse.

“This conversation is not for today, for us or for me. It’s one situation that was closed one or two months ago.

“At the moment the most important thing is he’s smiling, he has the commitment, the behaviour and the performances like yesterday – that’s the best for him and for us.”

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Santori
Santori

I’d renew efforts to keep him. Sell Mhki.

Let Ozil see out contract and continue to push Smith Rowe into team.

Particularly with Brexit and potential rise in requirement for local content, it may push prices up for equivalent players in Ramsey’s experience.

It may cost more for local players down the line and we may need to add a lot more to squad even with Academy.

That said, ultimately Ramsey (like anyone-else) is replaceable.

ramgooner
ramgooner

Sell Mkhi and push Smith Rowe into the team? Are you mad?
This is why we will never win the league or a European trophy.

In a football game not all 11 players can score or assist. I don’t expect Mkhi to score or assist every single game. Mkhi has been fantastic and he gets along very well with everyone in this team. He’s probably one of the best versatile alternative No.10’s out there in Europe at the moment and you want to sell him.

Not even Emery can save this club when fans have such mentality.
It was Mustafi before and now it’s Mkhi’s turn.

19 match unbeaten run and still some fans want to scapegoat someone. Tabloid junkies.

PS: Mkhi scored against Milan, Chelsea and United. We’d be mad to sell a player of that calibre.

Jim2wheels
Jim2wheels

Nobody should be surprised if a new deal is signed in Jan.

Bluffs have been called, everybody knows it. Let’s get it sorted.

Antony
Antony

Lol you sound like one of those hard brexit people.

Man
Man

Haha. The ultimate burn!

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Likening him to Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees Mogg is a bit harsh to be honest

A Different George
A Different George

Isn’t likening anyone to Boris Johnson a bit harsh?

Jim2wheels
Jim2wheels

Far from it! I just think football is a results driven industry and Ramsey’s stats speak for themself.

Nick
Nick

You’re having a laugh, mate. The club’s getting his replacement sorted.

Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

Yes, Emile will be ready!!

Donald's Trump
Donald's Trump

Heskey?

Lula
Lula

Durkheim?

A Different George
A Different George

A truly suicidal comment.

Thierry Walcott
Thierry Walcott

It’s Ernie, isn’t it?

Runcorn Gooner
Runcorn Gooner

I remember not too long ago when a certain T Walcott played a few decent matches and conned AW into a large contract despite numerous injuries. Ramsey is better than Walcott but can go off the boil/injured.

Ozil has been class for years and technically far superior to Ramsey.

If Ramsey goes it’s not the end of the world…though a shame we won’t get anything for him.

Ckot
Ckot

Good point on the injuries, but Ramsay hasn’t been as susceptible to them as Walcott (and Ozil gets “injured” too).

As far as technical ability, I believe they are fairly close.

Watch Ramsay for Wales when he actually gets to play as the 10, and he pulls the strings brilliantly. Despite the willingness to get back, he is a more aggressive attacking player, which means the team is less structured on defense.

Ozil plays more contained, which is useful if you want to control the midfield. However, there are days when he can be easily contained because he isn’t moving for the ball enough.

Ozil gets an edge on creative passing, Ramsay on finishing, but both are very good in those areas. The big difference is in how the overall team plays with them at the helm. I’d really like to see Ramsay given a couple full games while there is still a chance to change their minds.

89 was fine
89 was fine

Oh well at least it’s all in the open. So good luck to him for the future and hopfully he’ll continue his good work to the end of the season.

Santori
Santori

Next game is key now.

NO point lauding on about our derby day win against the Great Pretenders and then dropping points to United and letting our shadows back in above us.

We must do the business against the Special case.

And with Granit likely out, Mustafi maybe a doubt, we may have to be strong enough in midfield with a back 4.

Manure have plenty of bullies in midfield. Pogba, Fellaini, Matic are ll 6’3 and above.

whilst Guendouzi is tall, he can be pusehd around and Torreira although a bulldog can be attacked with height (see Dier’s goal). Couple that with Lukaku up top, Mustafi (who is strong in the air) potentially missing and we have to be careful Moanrinho doesn’t go route one.

Options are limited at the moment.

At very least if there are still doubts about Ozil’s back, then A combative Ramsey (he was certainly up for it against the Spurts) will be useful to have help Torreira-Guendouzi grab a stranglehold in the middle.

I would also strongly consider playing Iwobi on left (potentially, initially at expense of one of Auba or Laca) just to give KOlasinac (should he be in a back 4) a bit more protection.

We have to be very careful. Whilst Moanrinho is an implosive character who poisons the well third season in, he is still a shrewd and cunning tactician.

Pauly
Pauly

You’re all over it satori. Hope unai has a plan

Pedant
Pedant

Hope he goes overseas than to a rival in the PL.

Chamakhyungpark
Chamakhyungpark

I think Ramsey is a good player. He shouldn’t be going for free, but I honestly think we can get a better player in the market.

To complement our current midfielders, we could do with a really athletic box to box player

Emma
Emma

So many down arrows , why??
Is this because of Ramsey Fanboy, arseblogger has tweaked his software to increase its count?

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

I guess because Ramsey is a really athletic box to box player. Actually someone who likes to score quite some goals and has the most assists this PL season despite the fact he hasn’t really played a lot. Had the most assists of all Arsenal players last season, too and was our player of the season. But surely Blogs is the only one who likes him. If he leaves, he’ll end up at a big club and he will be playing there.

Chamakhyungpark
Chamakhyungpark

I don’t dislike Ramsey. He has been a great player for us over the years, his stats are good, he is capable of the spectacular goal and we have more than got value for money on his transfer fee and wages. But, I also think he is vulnerable to muscular injuries, plays too far forward and often tries to overcomplicate things and our attacks break down. Out of our current CM’s, we lack a player in the who is physically dominant and I think that would improve our options in certain games. I personally like the look of Abdoulaye Doucouré.

Jean Ralphio
Jean Ralphio

Gomes at Everton is highly impressive but I don’t know if he’s the right fit.

ClockEndRider
ClockEndRider

Bloody hell let’s set the bar a bit higher than that….

Chamakhyungpark
Chamakhyungpark

He’s good man.

On a side note. Mark Lawrenson is a complete cock splash. Just reading the BBC predictions and noticed he has predicted we will lose 6 times this season and Man U 0. No surprises who has picked to win on Wednesday. How the fuck do some of these morons get paid to be football pundits?

ScaldyBalls
ScaldyBalls

Mark Lawrenson – is a total knob jockey – how someone can be so wrong week in week out year in year out and still have a job is beyond reason!

Kartik Iyer
Kartik Iyer

I don’t know, Paul merson seems to be ok doing the same thing. Maybe there’s a market for morons who like to shoot themselves in the foot.

TeeCee
TeeCee

Hmm. The current PL table reckons that ManUre have already lost four times. Either it’s wrong or Lawrenson has now completely lost touch with reality.

Mpls
Mpls

We’ve got Xhaka and Torreira, neither of them shy of the physical. Guendouzi waiting in the wings, and he’s not afraid of it either. We don’t need an unskilled ogre and three defending midfielders.

Ramsey and Ozil (and somewhat Mkhi, but he’s more wing now) are vying for the same spaces on the pitch. That’s why they don’t work on the pitch together, so as a result they’re also vying for the same spot on the team sheet. And it seems neither of them wants to be rotated. Funny thing is, the way it’s all looking we could end up in the market for a creative attacking midfielder/ forward next summer!

Such an absurd thought.

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

No he won’t. Everton or AC Milan. A clear Step-down.Although He was fantastic on Sunday and his passion is always there, his quality as a player in not up there. Despite all that I always campaigned for him to play as a false 9. Like on Sunday.

A Different George
A Different George

I think Ramsey would start most matches for any team in England except Manchester City and possibly (because of the way they set up) Chelsea.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Same thing happened to you by the looks of it

arseblog_tom

You flatter me with much more ability than I have…

SB Still
SB Still

I was one of those till yesterday who didn’t care that Ramsey was leaving.

However the passun he showed but more importantly working to the plan rather than Hollywood plays, it would be wonderful to sign him up rather than spend in the market to get similar especially because I’m not sure Emery will be given much to spend.

Jimbo Jones
Jimbo Jones

Emma, theres capital F in fanboy, you silly bint.

jack jack jack
jack jack jack

Sit down you old sexist cunt

Bishop
Bishop

I think the thump downs are for his name ( ;

Devlin
Devlin

Ramsey should really consider firing his agent. His love for this club is clearly evident and has always been there for all to see. That very fact was supposed to be taken into account during the contract negotiations, because over playing your hand might end up with a very rich but unhappy client. I wonder what it will be like for him looking back at his career and this very moment. Leaving the club you love, when you and the club want you to stay must feel depressing. It’s like breaking up over an arguement you started with the love of your life just because you wanted attention, and now you can’t fix it even though you both want to continue as a couple. It almost happened to me, but I manned up and told my girl that she overplayed her hand. I saw what she was doing and asked her if it was worth losing each other for. She admitted and we have been together for 6 years now.

It can still be sorted between Ramsey and the club. He is supposed to be a player and then coach at this club. He is supposed to end his career here, but because of a little hesitancy in signing just to push for a higher amount, we have this sad impending break-up. I believe he was ready to sign a long time ago, maybe his representatives tried to push for more. It’s a shame really, but he is a great player and will succeed wherever he goes.

WellArsed
WellArsed

Happy for you and your girl but I think Ramsey is playing for his next contract (with a new club) at this point, not his love for Arsenal.

Penfield
Penfield

I’m sorry, did you watch the derby the other day? Ramsey loves this club. It’s clear as day.

WellArsed
WellArsed

Never said he didn’t love the club, just that he’s likely more focused on securing his future now his contract has been withdrawn.

Ausdrexler
Ausdrexler

He wont have a problem securing his future. Rambo will be getting offers from plenty of clubs across Europe. And good offers too.

afan
afan

you must have only seen ramsey play this season, as ramsey has always played great for arsenal ever since he has been at the club

Emma
Emma

Consistency is his problem and not quality. I don’t understand why is that hard to understand for so many of our fans.

xxxrob
xxxrob

He is a play tailor made for some situations but not all. He thrives in chaos, when the game is scrappy and end to end. His energy and lack of positional discipline are a massive plus in games like that.

If it is more of a chess match, where both teams are waiting for a mistake or bad positioning, he exposes us because when he vacates space, someone has to cover. Good teams punish that.

Ourchildrensworld

Ive always struggled to describe exactly why Ramsey doesn’t fit into why we play consistently. On paper, he ticks so many of the boxes for the midfielder we actually want.

You’ve just summed it up brilliantly. His ability in the ‘chaos’ creates moments of magic but he rarely helps us manage or control a game.

He’s an impact player, even when he plays 90 minutes. He comes alive in situations that suit him. We’ve seen with Torreira how refreshing it is to have performances in the centre of the park that you can rely on.
Ramsey isn’t that player. I think when he moves on we’ll realise that we can do better. Especially if we spend £30m+ on a player that actually fits into the team we are building. Or explore the Box to Box potential that Wenger was confident AMN had…

Irrational Gunner

Well said. Ramsey is a player that thrives on open space because he is not a very technical player. He is not a good passer in tight spaces, nor is he a proficient dribbler. He is not a box to box player like some describe, but rather a centerline to end line player because he has become unbalanced to the attacking side of his game over the past few years. At certain points of the game he can be magnificent, (like yesterday) but finally, is that what the club wants for X amount of pounds? A situational player?

MeSoHornsey
MeSoHornsey

Although I love the analogy, who else secretly hoped this was the return of Rambling Pete?

Timsh
Timsh

Totally!!! One line and I got my hopes up :/
WTF happend to Pete. It’s been years and it’s worrying to say the least.

Pedant
Pedant
Pedant
Pedant
N10
N10

“Ramsey should really consider firing his agent”. I think you could find a fair number of Gooners agreeing with that.

CJay
CJay

I was expecting a Rambling-Pete type story when you went into “It almost happened to me..”

Where tf is Rambling Pete btw??

In Arse We Trust
In Arse We Trust

Good post,amazing girlfriend turnaround.

I always felt Ramsey was captain material. Since Cesc, I don’t recall someone being as influential in the middle of the park (Torreira too soon…).

Seeing another captain candidate leave the club is heartbreaking again. Hence, the captain curse shall thrive and prosper. We will give it to Gunnersaurus soon. This one is going nowhere.

Teakster
Teakster

SIGN HIM UP GOD DAMMIT!

rugrat
rugrat

i’d rather we pay $350k/week for someone with back spasms

WellArsed
WellArsed

I think the medical term is “back spasms”!

WellArsed
WellArsed

That doesn’t read – to me at least – that Emery is hinting at the possibility of a new contract. Rather he’s saying it’s in the best interest of the player to be focused and professional in order to lay the groundwork for a move to a big club in the summer. Wenger said almost exactly the same things about Sanchez when his contract was winding down.

rayafc
rayafc

Don’t forget we have players like Reiss Nelson who’s doing brilliant in Germany waiting in the wings.

pharquhar
pharquhar

Demented. Özil gets 350k/week and we’ll let one of our best midfielders go for zilch. Utterly and appallingly stupid.

thw14
thw14

Two matches later… Ozil is the wow, haha who cares about you ramses etc.

Can we just not get suckered into this drama, and appreciate that we have a manager who’s somehow using all of it to drag performances out of his squad?

pharquhar
pharquhar

Too right – they’ll say bollocks to all the pharaohs of the Nineteenth Dynasty of Egypt.

David C
David C

sell Ozil and Mhki, keep Rambo!

If only it were that simple 🙂

Mpls
Mpls

We might end up letting them all go and starting over with a new AM at this rate.

Thierry bergkamp
Thierry bergkamp

Merson and Sherwood are on the debate tonight. I know where I’ll be at 22:15.

Tomislav
Tomislav

I’ll be sad if (or when) he leaves. I’m re-watching highlights the whole day and he’s been extraordinary yesterday, both on and off the pitch. His assists, stolen ball and showing his love for the club during the fight and celebration after Laca scored. Not to mention his FA Cup winners.

Thersiegan Reddy
Thersiegan Reddy

I think Emery as told Rambo to prove that he warrants whatever he’s asking and to change Rauls mind.

BigArse
BigArse

It’s hard for me to believe that we’ll get a better player for cheaper when you take into account the likely transfer fee and salary of a new signing. Perhaps we are going to let our youth fill his shoes, and fine, fair enough, but we should have sold him in the summer then to get some value. This no player, no transfer fee option we have chosen doesn’t make much sense. My two cents is that we should sign him. Has a knack for a big goal in a big game and is in his prime.

Ernest
Ernest

I really want him to stay

Tungor_Adams
Tungor_Adams

I always liked his game style and desire to make a difference, and I am pretty sure Emery does as well. But…. We have at least 2 players that earn much more and are less influential/productive, but they earn far to much, which leaves us in a catch 22…. the only hope I see is Ramsey deciding Arsenal is so right that he will lower his demands, and accept our wage structure is bananas, and maybe have a condition linked to salaries of coming players being signed.

BR Mile

Jason
Jason

Honestly don’t think it’s that big a deal. If he wants to go then he can the door is open.. Just like we booted out theoo and Wiltshire who are now playing for clubs which suit their needs, Ramsey too will be one of those forgotten. Great servant of the club but again messed up by idiotic agents who leech money.

yen
yen

I really fancy him as one of the two inside forwards under the central forward in 3-4-2-1, but I´m not sure if it´s Emery´s go-to formation (even though it worked fine against B´mouth and especially Spurs), since we lack personnel to do so week in week out.

I know we´re much more tactically flexible now and change formations even during the games, yet I don´t know if we could acommodate someone with potentially such high salary if he´s not in the starting XI every week.

Sambo
Sambo

I honestly think we’ve got better in the pipe line. Considering our signings this summer with Leno, sokratis and Torreira I will put my trust in the club to find us a very impressive step up from Ramsey. Love Ramsey and wish him all the success and health.

Des
Des

How the fuck does Mika get ahead of Ramsey, Mika is our worst midfielder more than anything it’s him that needs to be sold, I’m not a huge Rambo fan but his doing far better than ozil, iwobi Mika. He made the difference when he came on. Mika and iwobi are hopeless. Hope he resigns but I doubt it after our poor treatment of him. Not his biggest fan but does more than other players we have.

Cameron
Cameron

As daft as it sounds, I do wonder if this is some kind of reverse psychology contract negotiations from the new “super negotiators” team.
All appears very odd to me, but hey, thats only on my opinion and I am currently having my thoughts guided by the introspective lyrics of Lloyd Cole…….

KongoKim
KongoKim

“[…]and his future is very important for him and his family.”
I think the ramseys have one boy in kindergarten age, a younger girl and twins on the way. I really don’t know much about, and i don’t wanna judge people when they dislocate a child or a woman just born twins but it seems likeley they would like to stay in london. The Wilshere case was of course different, because there was a bounding to west ham plus he was divorced so it would have been more difficult. But i think Giroud is a good example how far one father would go to be with his family or not dislocate them. I mean…cmon, nobody chooses chelsea because you want to.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

I think you mean relocate. Far less painful.

N10
N10

Anyway, still buzzing from yesterday.

Mpls
Mpls

Best comment of the bunch.

Nick
Nick

These articles are embarrassing. The player misplayed his hand. Accept the club’s decision, trust the new regime, and let him be a galactico with his mate, Gareth. We’ll be fine.

Gksmallfeet
Gksmallfeet

Fully agree. But still so sad he’ll leave. What a player he is… and unlike others, he’ll be in the starting line up of a super big team. I think we all shoul clap him for giving 100% till the end. He will do that. I truly hope Arsenal is on a big coup like Rabiot. I wouldn’t understand it otherwise. And what’s up with Özil?

Mootilated
Mootilated

A super big team? Really? Come on. He’s good but do you see him starting ahead of anyone else in any of the ”super big teams”?

A Different George
A Different George

Just to pick players we have seen at Arsenal, and discussing quality, not a like-for-like comparison: Gnabry starts for Bayern. Not the same style, but do you really think he is a better player than Ramsey? Lichsteiner started for Juve while they won eight consecutive titles. Again, not the same type of player and he is older now, but was he really far above Ramsey in quality?

Mootilated
Mootilated

Lichsteiner was one of the greatest, if not the greatest, right back of his time. That’s no comparison.

Yes, I think Gnabry is much better than Aaron Ramsey.

afan
afan

nice to see ramsey get TWO ASSISTS, not that assists mean anything