Emery: Let’s enjoy focused Aaron Ramsey

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Unai Emery says he’s determined to enjoy his final few weeks of managing Aaron Ramsey after the midfielder scored one and put in a man of the match performance in the 2-0 win over Napoli last night.

The Welshman opened the scoring in the 15th minute, and was a danger to the Italians throughout, dovetailing very well with Lucas Torreira in the centre of the Arsenal midfield.

Of course these are his final few week as a Gooner, he’ll leave for free at the end of June and join Juventus, but the boss says until that time the 28 year old will be concentrating on helping the club achieve its goals this season.

Speaking afterwards, Emery said, “His performances in this moment for us show that he wants to do something important with us, because I think he feels a lot for Arsenal as a club.

“When he’s here with our supporters, he gives us all he can, not individually, but in the collective.

“I want to enjoy this moment with him. I want to do something important with him. His focus is very big, he’s thinking of Arsenal only.”

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The win leaves the Gunners in a great position going into the second leg in Italy next week, but the Spaniard has some thinking to do about how to keep his team fresh with Premier League encounter with Watford on Monday night to consider first.

“On Monday, I am sure we are going to play different players but try to find the same performance,” he said.

“Some players after playing with this demanding performance physically, maybe we need something different.

“Next week it will be the same in Naples. We’re going to prepare for Monday first, and also recover the players after the game today thinking that we are going to play a lot of matches every three days.

“We need every player with the commitment, with the behaviour and the performances.”

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Tas_Gunner
Tas_Gunner

Almost everyone’s glad he is gone so no point crying over that really.Most fans agreed even “150k is too much for him” so we couldn’t really afford him.Really surprised he is giving his all though cause I thought he would be “shirking from tackles,stop giving 100%”.And that “his upturn in performance is basically to please the Juve fans”.But I don’t mind that really.He is just doing his job after all,hope we get his replacement in this summer cause “it won’t be difficult to replace him”.

svaborg
svaborg

wondering if genuine or designed to wind everyone up 🙂

Tas_Gunner
Tas_Gunner

Just relaying the words famous podcaster fans and regular activists on this site.Haven’t seen anyone hold their hand up and say “I was wrong”.So thought this one’ll bang.People can’t be that bloody fickle can they????

Nick
Nick

Not a wind up. Ramsey has had a good season, but we all know that he is not consistent and has a poor injury record. He and his agent turned down £200,000/week. He’s leaving for £400,000/week. Good luck to him, and get over it.

Pakgooner
Pakgooner

Tried to find the sarcasm but couldn’t. Ramsey’s a top top professional in today’s scumbag football world so Emery is right: it’s best to appreciate him while he’s here because he’s playing wonderful football atm and it will be a loss lo us when he leaves. This is not Alexis or RVP or that cunt Nasri. Also, if his form is to please the Juve fans, who are we to question his motive for good performances as long as he gives us his all before he leaves? Who replaces him is a story for the summer.

Tas_Gunner
Tas_Gunner

Idk man.But more ITK people than me made those statemets and majority nodded in unison.What changed?

Mpls
Mpls

His best form since his purple patch when he was the leagues leading scorer from midfield, and new use under new manager.

That and more people are voicing their appreciation that aren’t the typical noisy minority.

Anybody that tries to tell me he doesn’t love the club and that this isn’t a hard thing for him to do I will immediately sort into the ‘sour grapes’ bin.

He’s had a lot of injury inconsistencies that affected his game over time, but the man had his leg folded over for the club and still came back to score -two- FA cup winners and is going out with performances like these with no let-up.

I’ll miss him, and he WILL be difficult to replace unless the club miraculously floats out the money truck.

Cycs
Cycs

What changed is, most of the people who agreed with you initially eventually got a brain and changed their minds!

Cycs
Cycs

Like, really???

Wilsheres Middle Finger
Wilsheres Middle Finger

Please don’t go Aaron. Can we all chip in and buy him a rhino as a gift to change his mind and stay. 😢

iGooner
iGooner

First Szczesny and now Rambo. Juventus are really good bargain hunters. Nevertheless I will enjoy watching Rambo till the end of his Arsenal days.

Jez
Jez

Look I get it. For me, he is playing in the form in his life for 4 reasons

1) He feels liberated and his future is rosy and clear
2) He hasn’t picked up as many knocks this season
3) He’s matured and Emery and co have coached him well
4) He only knows how to play at 100%

I love Rambo. He will always have a place in my heart. That said, he has the chance to play for a top historic team in a league he should thrive in at 400k per week. He’s always said he would like to play abroad. This is more about a top professional getting what he deserves than us being incompetent. As much as we might lose something in the short term, I have felt for a while that we could do with a fresh midfield shape and feel. Instead of paying 400k a week for a player who could lose fitness at any moment, maybe it’s better to invest in a couple of younger players who will shape our midfield for years to come.

Devlin
Devlin

Next season is going to be very interesting if you have followed Aaron Ramsey. I have always wondered if the kind of player he is could thrive in a league that prioritises technical ability and tactical discipline over intensity. He will be playing in a slower league, where players are asked to think better and not faster.

Arsenal on the other hand haven’t been without Ramsey ever. He has been part of the tactical setup for us because he isn’t a bench player, he has to be included into the side, so finding him a role dictated how we played. He has also been part of our transfer plans, in that we take him into account when signing players because we have to find players to complement him and to also offset his weaknesses.

Ramsey will be missed, but in replacing him, I doubt the club will be looking for a player like him, the same way that Torreira and Guendouzi are nothing like Wilshere, Coquelin or Carzola.

Goonereality
Goonereality

Yes, it’s unlikely we’ll get a like for like replacement. I wish we did get the £50-60 million transfer fee for him that we could have got had his contract position been sorted out two years ago. Ho, hum.

Goonereality
Goonereality

Sod’s Law isn’t it, but we must make the most of Ramsey while he’s with us. The tragedy is that the previous management left us in such a mess over the wage bill that we couldn’t afford to keep him, and that they hardly ever bothered to get contracts sorted out before they went into the last year. At least it shouldn’t happen again as things appear to be done on a more sensible basis nowadays.

Santori
Santori

Shame we are going to lose him for free when he is only just entering his prime years.

Of course we have players in similar role like Ozil and Mhkitaryan but both are older and neither can provide the flexibility of roles as Ramsey does in the midfield.

Particularly with his new found maturity in the deeper role, he has learnt to time his forays forward in support of the strikers better and found better discipline supporting in front of the defense (better spacing between defense and attack)

We should have in truth tackled Ramsey’s contract last January when we renewed Ozil.

Instead we gave too much away to the German without using both as leverage against each other and then for good measure loaded on Mhkitaryan (a pleyer we did not really need) instead of a proper wide player on the right.

How do we replace Ramsey?

It will be difficult as he embodies the ethos of the club. Being British helps to some extent as he knows what it means to wear the shirt. BUT he has come in with massive goals over the years when it mattered. Hopefully (and it seems it is his intent) he bows out a legend with the club by helping us to regain 3rd spot ahead of Spurts and more importantly win our first Euro silverware of note.

Of course there are questions regarding his durability which warrant consideration with such a big contract on offer earlier. To be certain, he is injury risk but so was RVP and he went on to provide at least one final good season with United.

Ramsey of course is no Judas.

He isn’t stupid to sacrifice short term gains for legendary status.

We wish him all the best but there is work to be done for the Welshman till end of season yet.

Santori
Santori

On that note, Amazing that Emery has carried on where Wenger left off and is able to still provide the sort of team goals the Frenchman has made our club so famous with.

One wonders when Ramsey leaves and as things change in terms of squad composition how much of this characteristic of the club residual from the Wenger era will still survive.

Unai was an astute choice by Gazidis, a parting gift, a pragmatic manager whose ideals lie close to the Frenchman he has replaced.

Kartik Iyer
Kartik Iyer

This guy is a club legend for me! There’s no point in crying over spilled milk. Let’s appreciate him for the time that remains. I will miss him just like Santi and Rosicky.