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Why is he leaving Arsenal?

It seems that Arsenal were unable to afford to keep him, after over spending on Ozil and given that Emery has used the player sparingly, the expenditure couldn’t be justified. They had offered an extension perhaps at a similar level he currently earns, but subsequently withdrew, refusing to increase the deal for a player in his prime understandably eager to make the best of likely the final big contract of his career.

“Ramsey has conducted himself with great dignity this season but it is astonishing that Arsenal, a powerhouse in the English game, could not put together a package to keep him.

“The team are still formidable going forward. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are good enough to grace any team in the Premier League’s top six.

“But the £100 million spent to sign those players last season and hefty wages given to other star players has led to this situation.”

Martin Keown

“It’s stupidity from Arsenal to allow someone of Ramsey’s quality to let their contract run down,”

“Arsenal can replace him but it’s going to cost £40m-£50m. That’s where the stupidity comes into it.”

Paul Merson

Ramsey was the Player of the Season for Arsenal last campaign.

Player of the Season: Aaron Ramsey

He was also ear-marked by Emery before officially joining the club as a player he wanted to build the team around.

What appears to be the case is a mixture of Ramsey’s eagerness to play as number 8 and the manager’s decision to play him deeper or behind the front-men AND the reluctance of the player to agree terms without any wage increase. His natural role is as a central midfielder creating and supporting and getting on the end of moves as well as helping to build them.

A lot of discussion abounds when a player leaves any close to major Premier League club and especially when they are signed by a top European side outside of England.

The first area of discussion is the price.

The deal looks set to cost Juve around EU40–50m for a five year deal. This figure would normally be seen – in the current market – as a far from staggering figure for a transfer fee alone when considering a proven PL and international talent still very much within the peak years of his career. Juve will not pay a transfer fee, which had Ramsey been in contract for longer, would have been at least 40m. Which would have sent the cost of the deal spiralling to almost double…precluding Juve’s interest.

In short, investing 40m in Ramsey seems potentially a superb piece of business for the player and the club. In fact for everyone but Arsenal…

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