Arsenal’s brightest young star set to shine again
I read yesterday that Arsenal intend to offer Aaron Ramsey a double your money contract extension ( http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/arsenal/10676875/Arsenal-set-to-reward-Aaron-Ramsey-with-100000-a-week-deal.html ) .
Aaron is in the same position as Jack, AOC, Gibbs and Jenkinson in that he is about one year into his current deal. So why would the club consider this move, at this time?
I saw a few people on twitter questioning both what he has done to deserve this, and is it right when he has so long remaining at a much reduced salary.
So lets consider the first part: “What he has done to deserve this?”
My answer to that would be: “Are you kidding? Are you mad?”
Aaron was, prior to his recent injury, by a clear margin, the best midfielder in England this season and the last part of the previous one.
He gives balance to the team in a way that perhaps only Diaby could match. We just have not looked the same team without him.
He is a magnificent player who quite literally has it all. Pace unrivaled over the course of a game; heart, skill, composure, stamina, assists and goals. On top of that he is a charming young man who epitomises class. And still only 23 years old. It’s frightening to think how good he will end up.
Coming back from having his leg smashed beyond recognition by the Captain of the Orks to be able to play to any decent standard is achievement enough, but to a level the allowed him to win Arsenal Player Of The Month on five consecutive occasions is little short of monumental.
If there is truth in this revised contract story then it is clear that the club see him as our most valuable youngster.
Personally I have always seen him as being easily the brightest young star at the club. And by a distance. That’s not to say we don’t have other great prospects, but simply that I think he is the best. Others may disagree with me and that’s fine, but none have come near to the standards he has set this season, ever.
By giving him this improved deal what are the club saying?
Well for a start they’re saying that they are fair. Perform well and you will be rewarded and appreciated.
Also they are telling other clubs that they can’t come along and tempt him away because they will double his money. Too late, we’ve already done it.
They are displaying to Players, agents, clubs and our own fans that our financial clout is real and being put to use.
I see no downside to giving this wonderful player a better deal, and I hope its true.
George can be found on Twitter @Blackburngeorge