Arsenal have had an absolute contract mess on their hands in the last year and it doesn’t look like it will get any better soon.
Alexis Sanchez pouted until he was sold with six months left on his contract. Mesut Özil renewed his after about two years of speculation, and Jack Wilshere is currently in the news over speculation about his contract.
But one that has become lost in the shuffle is Aaron Ramsey’s contract.
The Welshman will have one season remaining on his contract this summer. Arsenal face a decision: to sell, or not to sell?
Ramsey is currently on £100,000 per week. A substantial sum, but he will no doubt be asking for salary of double that to bring him closer to other top-level stars like Özil.
Here is why he is worth that, and probably should also be given the vacant captain’s armband as well.
2Goals from midfield
Midfielders that can “run the game” but also bang in goals at a reliable rate are all the rage.
With the success that Kevin de Bruyne has had at Manchester City, clubs and fans want players that will imitate his play style.
Ramsey has bagged 11 goals and 8 assists this season in 31 games in all competitions. Arsenal have had forwards with less contribution than that.
In Europe, he was arguably Arsenal’s best player. He had a hand in five goals in six games on the continent.
Next season, the promising duo of Lacazette and Aubameyang will open even more space for Ramsey to charge into the box and build on his success of this season.
Aaron Ramsey has a knack for being at the right place at the right time.
Many of his goals come from well-timed runs into the box with a perfectly placed shot. His leaping, side-footed volley against CSKA Moscow this season was on another level.
There is also the occasional long-range screamer.
This goal from Aaron Ramsey still needs explaining. pic.twitter.com/PYAsF36Qpq
— Mike Sanz (@mikesanz19) July 21, 2017
His hat trick against Everton in February was a sight to behold.
He is the only midfielder than can contribute with regular goals in the Arsenal squad at the moment. Arsenal need that threat.
The going rate for a player like Ramsey is not cheap, but it is worth it.