The price of a player having a good season is that the player would be a target for top teams and could be lured away from the current club. Arsenal’s Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey has had his best season since joining the North London club. He scored 10 Premier League goals and contributed a healthy number of assists. Arsenal’s faltered title bid could be traced to the Welshman’s absence for 3 months through injury. He is back now and Arsenal are playing well again, he is expected to play a starring role in the FA Cup final as the Gunners attempt to end their 8 years trophy drought.
Here is the big one, new Premier League champions Manchester City seem not satisfied with the look of their midfield and want to further strengthen it. After conquering England, Pellegrini must have set his sights on making huge impression on the continent and the fans of the club he manages ses Ramsey as a player that could help them achieve more greatness, judging by the chants from the fans on the last day of the season.
Do City management agree with their fans? No one could say but when it comes to transfers, nothing could be dispelled. Since City stumbled on their new found wealth, they have raided Arsenal, luring the Gunners’ disgruntled players a la Adebayor, Toure, Nasri and Clichy. They tried for Van Persie but lost out to their Manchester neighbours. Owing to their successful hunting at the Emirates in recent times, they must think they could have another bite at the cherry.
Let me burst their bubble. There is a constant in the move of three of the four players that have swapped Emirates for Etihad and that is the fact that they had just a year left on their Arsenal contracts which meant all they needed to arm-twist Arsenal into a sale was refusing a new contract. The fear of seeing key players leave for free forced Arsenal to cash in with City pouncing with their millions.
This is where Ramsey is different kettle of fish. The Welshman has a long term contract at Arsenal after signing an extension not too long ago. Unlike Nasri, Clichy and Toure that had the advantage in the transfer situation, Arsenal hold all the ace since Ramsey has a long term and would be forced to stay should City succeed in turning his head with financial inducements.
Also, Arsenal are not under pressure to sell their best legs as in previous seasons. The Gunners are stable financially now and can afford to keep their best talents and also lure top talents in the transfer market. Why would Ramsey leave a team where he is enjoying first team football regularly for where he could end up on the bench should he suffer a blip in form. The fortunes of Rodwell and Jovetic speak volume.
City dreaming of landing Ramsey is a dream that is certain to end in a nightmare. They stand a better chance getting Rooney than Ramsey.