Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey is without a doubt one of the most improved midfielders in Europe this season, and the good thing is he plays for us and not for Newcastle who could have signed the Welshman for just £500,000 a couple of years ago.
According to Robbie Elliott who also wason trial at the Toon back in 2006 when Glenn Roeder was manager at the club at that time, Newcastle turned down the chance to sign Ramsey because they felt the £500,000 asking price was too much to pay.
Ramsey was only 16 years old then, and was at that time on the books of Cardiff City. In a tweet during last Saturday’s FA Cup match between Arsenal and Hull City, Robbie Elliot had this to say:
Continuing shortly after his first tweet, Elliot went ahead to provide further information about how the Toons missed out on what has today become one of the most complete box to box midfielders in person of Aaron Ramsey:
“He came when Roeder was manager. Trained with first team and didn’t look out of place even at that young age. Club wouldnt pay the fee #nufc”
Ramsey was promising youngster at that time, and who would have thought he would have turned to one of Arsenal’s most reliable midfielders in the current season? Come to think of it, would Ramsey have become the player he has become this season had Newcastle succeeded in signing him?
Ramsey’s career almost came to an end due to a horrendous leg break seasons ago, and the good thing is he was able to overcome it due to the fact that Wenger stood by him.
Everton and Man United were also said to be interested in the Welshman at the time, but his decision to sign for Arsenal from Cardiff turned out to be the best one.
The player is that good that ex Arsenal player John Hartson told the BBC that a lot of clubs will be after his signature this summer.
“Aaron Ramsey will be linked to 10 clubs in the summer,” Hartson said.
“But I can’t see him leaving Arsenal in the foreseeable future. He’s settled and loves the club.”