Aaron Ramsey left Arsenal at the end of the last season for the Serie A giants Juventus, however, many Arsenal fans are struggling to come to terms with the club’s decision to let their star man go. Considering the never-ending debate it’s only justified to have another look at why did the Arsenal board decide to let him go. Here is our analysis of the controversial decision.
In the last article, we discussed the financial factors behind Aaron Ramsey’s exit and why it was infeasible for Arsenal to keep the Welshman on their books. In this piece, we’re analyzing the losses that Arsenal had to incur due to his exit, both on and off the field.
Would Aaron Ramsey have had an impact this season? Surely, a big one. Is it easy to replace Aaron Ramsey with a player of same attributes and ability, absolutely not, would it have been even be more financially infeasible than giving him a new contract? Yes, surely yes.
Though from what it seems, Arsenal didn’t even wanted to replace him in the first place, they rather preferred a defensive midfielder then another attacking midfielder. Though they still would have liked to keep Aaron Ramsey due to his quality and match-winning ability, which is unmatched in the current Arsenal squad bar Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, if not for his high wage demands.
In the hindsight, Arsenal would have been better off having Aaron Ramsey at £300k per week than having Mesut Ozil at £350k per week. Primarily due to the fact that Aaron Ramsey would have been able to play as a No.8 in a 4-3-3, which many speculate is Mikel Arteta’s favoured formation. However, that wasn’t in Arsenal’s hand in the January transfer window of 2019. Hence, in the given circumstances, it wouldn’t be wrong to judge that they made the right decision by letting Aaron Ramsey go.