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Aaron Ramsey, The Last Legend

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Aaron Ramsey has played his last game for Arsenal after suffering a muscular injury during their Europa League quarter-final against Napoli. The midfielder pulled up feeling the back of his thigh in the 33rd minute and was replaced by Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

What a sad way for it to come to an end. After 11 years our top scoring Center midfielder of all time is literally limping out of the club. It’s a devastating blow for him and Arsenal. I saw a stat recently that we have averaged twice as many points per game with him this season, than without him. I’m not at all surprised.

The lad has scored or assisted 129 times in his 369 appearances for Arsenal.that’s better than a 1 in 3 games,direct contributions to a goal, outstanding for a center midfielder. And a center midfielder is exactly what he is. At times he has covered as attacking Mid and even as a wide forward, that is testament to his general overall value to the team. Under Arsene Wenger, when fit, he played. He played no matter who else was fit, he played somewhere.

His work ethic, professionalism and heart are everything anyone could ask from a professional football player.

I won’t go into his history and injury record because everyone knows all about it but I will say that without the initial leg smashing attack and the subsequent muscular problems that have blighted him, he would likely have doubled his goals and assists total.

He is a quiet ,well spoken ,polite family man, that was shown loyalty by Arsene Wenger and returned that loyalty in spades. I have never seen him shy away from the ball or put in less than 100% effort in the 11 years he’s been at the club. He is brave and adventurous on the ball and is almost always the player that has covered the most distance at the end of each game. When in midfield with Arteta he regularly was in the mid 90s in % passing stats. He is the complete box to box player.

On top of all that he is staggeringly good looking, immaculately well dressed and campaigns for animal welfare and other green topics. Seriously, what is not to like about the lad?

Yet despite all this “opinion on him is divided”. Why? Well I would suggest it’s because many of our fans are as thick as mince.

Now he is heading off to Juventus on £400k per week, so we don’t have to feel sorry for him, oh no, but we should feel sorry for ourselves. Why? Well because we could be losing or last legend, that’s why.

Football has changed and support has also changed, and not for the better. It used to be that if a player was committed to the club for a few years and scored ,or just contributed, to the winning of silverware, his legendary status was assured. But not anymore! Oh no, a few perceived bad games, an injury or a transfer can all lead to his status being revoked by our over demanding fans.They turn on, and turn their back on, players as quickly as they can scurry to their twitter accounts. That and the tendency for players to maximise their wages by moving, or the clubs wanting to profit from player sales, mean the day of the one team man is dead, It’s very hard to become a legend if a player only has a short window to cement their status.

Well Ramsey has put in the years, the effort and conducted himself with the class that put him firmly in the legendary status, and that’s before we add the two FA Cup winning goals.  Add to this that he refused to shake Piers Morgan’s hand and allegedly sat RVP on his arse with a right hook and he is elevated to super legend.

So make no mistake Aaron Ramsey is an Arsenal legend, and perhaps the very last of them.

Goodbye, good luck and thanks for the memories sweet prince of Wales.

This is how I will always remember you.

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Or as Bob might say

“Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin”

And of the game tomorrow, here’s Labo

Thanks George for that fitting tribute to One Aaron James Ramsey.
Arsenal is hosting the low flying Seagulls at the Emirates who just secured their Premier League survival, courtesy of Cardiff losing to Crystal Palace. Seem like a good enough reason for them to be at the beach right?
However, we shouldn’t lose sight of the business of the day, getting three points to keep that sprinkling of hope alive should either Chelsea or Spurs drop any points in next week’s last round of league fixtures. And after treating the last three PL games like that chore they just can’t be bothered with, they can’t afford their minds being elsewhere.
We still wondering how we conceded nine goals in that three rather forgetful league games, we can take comfort that Brighton don’t seem to enjoy the attacking part of the game these last few months. Their goal vs Newcastle last weekend was their first in eight games.
So go out there Gunners, you know what you need to do. Let Aaron “Arsenal last legend” Ramsey and Petr Cech bow out in style as the Emirates faithful says their heartfelt farewell.
@LaboGoon

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  1. The article I wish I had written, the things I’ve struggled to say for weeks, months now. Just like we said about Arsene, we will not see the likes of Aaron Ramsey at Arsenal again. 11years of giving his heart and soul, every time he stepped on the pitch. Never a scandal, never a public complaint, always the best ambassador to the club’s values. And off the pitch, what a man he is. The most delightful little family – his wife seems incredibly sweet, his boys are just precious. Really a fairly normal family, when you get down to it – aside from what he does for a living. (Colleen’s IG post a few weeks ago, with a picture of Aaron pushing the twin stroller that she captioned “Old man” made me laugh.)
    I wish only the best for Aaron now. He deserves everything good, and I hope he tears it up in Italy. I’m *almost* over being angry at the club about it. I figure if he can move on without bitterness, then so should I. I hope to see him lift the Champions League trophy one day. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Diolch yn fawr iawn, Aaron. You’ll always be in my heart.

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  2. A touch of class George, a really moving piece, and with the great post by Alabama, makes it a truly fitting tribute to a real Arsenal legend, one who took way too much stick from our own but rode the bad waves with dignity, and waved two fingers to the Orcs when others would have been destroyed by shyness and a lack of confidence after what happened.
    The piece makes you feel sad too, as it really hits home that thats that, but Im glad to have witnessed him grow and become a world class midfielder( as Juve know!), seeing some astonishing goals as well, sometimes on the genius level.

    But the best for me was against Chelsea in the cup final. Dan Roebuck was listening to the co-commentator Chris who was chewing over the Chelsea goal as Giroud got hold of the ball and crossed it and all Dan could blurt out was ” AARON RAMSEY!!!!!!” really loudly, enough to bring a tear to the corner of your eye, it was like Rambo said ” sorry Chelsea but youre not doing the double, this ones ours!” bit like in 79 with Alan Sunderland.

    Thanks again, and still wish he was staying…

    COYG!

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  3. don’t know what you mean, he is easily replaced, having we seen that since his latest injury

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  4. Excellent post George. I’ve expressed my admiration of him and my utter disbelief at the actions of the club many times, so I won’t go over the same ground again. I agree he is a true legend and I wish him all the best in Italy and hope that we don’t suffer too much for the loss of him as he will not be easily replaced.

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  5. Arsenal U18’s will play the Northern league winners Derby County at Pride Park on Tuesday. 7pm kick off, to decide overall winners, who will play in the CL youth cup next season

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  6. Love stuff George. I had a moment there where I just had to take off my reading glasses, stare into space and gulp.

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  7. Excellent piece.
    It is easy to be a legend in a special team but Aaron has earned his his place at the legends table through tough times and so probably deserves higher praise.
    As far as I’m concerned Aaron hasn’t played his last game for ARSENAL and I won’t except it until he runs out in a stripy shirt for some old lady.
    Aaron is special and has given us some special memories, taffy I salute you.

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  8. Great reads with the article and comments.
    Pure legend, and unlike some legends who came before him, a legend in more difficult times, also one who overcame serious adversity.
    An absolutely brilliant player, to me at least, he sits up with any Invincible, last minute title winner, double winner, even Santi Cazorla!
    We are going to seriously miss him, if it was the club, I really hope they know what they do.
    Arsenal , and Wales have been very lucky to have him, I have a hunch Wales might had done something a bit special had he played in that Euro game
    Good luck Aaron, but you don’t need luck

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  9. Thanks George.

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  10. Aaron Ramsey
    Who rejected the auld enemy for the Gunners.
    Orcsbane,
    The King In The North London,
    Conqueror of The Empire Stadium in Wembley,
    Who defeated the petro fumed zombie horde from West London when everyone thought they were going to conquer all.
    Who faced Death (of his career) and said “not today”.
    The prince who was promised.

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  11. how much more help are the officials going to give to lfc in their attempts to win them the title

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  12. The text has been amended to include Labo’s preview

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  13. Excellent player for us. Enjoyed watching him grow and develop. Great study for me in the risks and rewards of pushing yourself fully to elevate your game and become best player you can be. Sad he’s leaving and hope he has real success in Italy.

    Kos another true legend in my eyes. Better not lose him same year, but hope we can avoid him being pushed so close to edge physically as much next season.

    Kelly, appears you can now speak as much Welsh as me now. Although, actually, though I recognise the words, can’t say I know them exactly, so you might be ahead.

    I know window- Fennestr- maybe because i spent most Welsh lessons staring out of it. Also French word was similar so 2-for-1 learning.

    Anyway, lets hope he gets good send off in stadium tomorrow. Thoroughly deserves it. Also hope that after conquering Italy he might fancy coming back as a crafty veteran for us.

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  14. Did it all while pretty much never being beneficiary of decisions as rotten as decisive one in pool game, but often having to battle against them.

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  15. Aaron and Petr not the only ones sayimh goodbye today there will be many more who will be walking round at the end saying goodbye. Although so of them not as high profile as Aaron they have all played their part and should be recognised.
    Stephan may go and although he not everyones favourite player no one can say he doesnt play his heart out every game. Jenks is another that may be going, he one of us a real gooner that has become a bit of a cult player. Also maybe Elneny Suarez and even Danny (although I dont think so) are players we might not see again after today on home soil.
    The last home game is always important with the team putting on one last performance in front of their home fans a thank you performance if you will but today there is also a massive three points to collect to keep alive a top four finish and even an unlikely st totts day.
    So come on ARSENAL show us the style COYG.

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  16. Thanks George, thanks Labo. A wonderful player, and we have been both lucky to see him play so well, so often, while he has been desperately unlucky that his various injuries have prevented him from becoming an all-time great. I am glad he is going because I think he deserves such a chance, and it will give me a side to follow should we not quite make it to the Champions League ourselves (which deep down I suspect we wont, largely because Aaron has not been available for the last few games….)

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  17. I know City have pissed people off, they have bought silverware, humiliated authorities once relegations come out in German mags.
    Liverpool ride the crest of a media organised love in, decent team and manager, but am I the only one to look at their constantly rewarded diving, lack of cards compared to others, key decisions constantly going their way right to the end, especially when needed, pressing 90mins plus every game with the only injuries coming from collisions….compare and contrast to our squad on that front….and just wonder just a little bit. If Liverpool are clean, we need to learn from their medics and sports scientists, as do a few others.
    The EPL helped allow City to become what they have, possibly a threat to out game, but do they really have to be so blatant in encouraging the nearest rival to knock them off their perch? Two sets of wrongs don’t make a right

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  18. I do not think it is possible to compete in the Tour de France clean, and I do not believe that football teams can press effectively for 90 minutes.

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  19. Thanks George. 1st Wenger, now Aaron. Those are some serious losses back-to-back. I am too emotional to say anything else.

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  20. The struggle continues. At UFV Rich takes a futuristic look at “The Future Of Jon Moss and Marcos Rojo (USP-Part II)” . Check it out at https://uniteforvar.com/?p=1989

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  21. Mandy

    Feel like today’s the day we should see some very funny shit if our suspicions about Utd being favoured, us the opposite, are solid.

    Or, really, as even current Utd should win easily enough vs Huddersfield, today’s the day they should give it their best shot with us, and hurt us if at all possible, with Burnley in reserve as somewhere the conditions are more favourable for getting it done if required.

    Utd should absolutely get maximum points from last two games, with good chance to boost goal difference significantly. They need Chelsea to get no more than 3 points, less unless a big goal swing, while we can only finish above them if they win both with two victories.

    So I guess if there really was a wish to help Utd qualify then Chelsea games would need to be effected also.

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  22. Make you right Rich.
    Tottenham and Utd need protecting, they wont have given up on utd yet.
    Expecting all we can expect from manchesters Taylor, rotational fouling permitted, early yellows for our players, phantom fouls given their way, perhaps a pen against.
    But if our club allow this ref to be assigned nearly 1 in 5 league games without a squeak, they cannot really complain

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  23. Mandy

    As for those energy levels… Was Henderson who caught the eye for it yesterday in a period of game where as a team they were pressing and running particularly hard.

    I don’t know. If it’s all legit, and I struggle to believe it isn’t (if only for the amount of people who would have to be in on it, taking the risks,etc)…f*** knows!

    Is it unbelievable work on the sport science and fitness side (though we have brought in plenty of serious expertise over the years, including burgess who was once at Pool), some luck, good rotation, an ingenious system, all the more so for its simplicity; some players, like Henderson, who are particularly strong athletes?

    I don’t know. Find it real hard to believe clubs could be doping here- the scale of the dishonesty among so many is the thing- and yet, such hard running, game after game, right to end of season.

    Just contrasts so much with what you see with us, where it is so visible, and natural looking, that fatigue accumulates in a busy schedule or after particularly hard exertions.

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  24. I’m not ready to say goodbye to Aaron just yet. Besides, the way I feel, he’s going to Italy but he’s still and will always be one of us. An Arsenal legend.

    I’m not sure how accurately the comparison holds up, but just like Liam Brady went to Juventus without having won a league title with us, so does Aaron Ramsey. It’s a shame for us, and for him. He should have been captain going forward, retiring a good 8 years down, and hopefully won a league title or two.

    But he’s landed on his feet, gone to a fantastic club, fantastic money, will win the league and the CL with them (prediction) and become a fan favourite there too. Serie A beware. Meanwhile, no matter what happens in Arsenal’s future, Ramsey will be back one day as our legend. All this petty backbiting at him will disappear. Because Ramsey represents the best of Arsenal.

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  25. Just noticed choice of ref for City game tomorrow, Mandy. Mike Dean.

    At stage now where each game involving liverpool or City is pretty much Liverpool’s most important league game in 30 years.

    They go with guy once- 2006- removed from Liverpool cup final due to being from area, who subsequently didn’t do a Liverpool or Everton game for ten years after it.

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  26. utd 1-0 ahead at Huddersfield, means they are currently above us in the table

    cfc 0-0 waford at the moment too

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  27. Aaron will be missed.

    make no mistake….

    sad he Is living and will always consider him one of us

    Team should do well to lift the Europa so they can all have a massive celebration together

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  28. CFC are 2-0 up and going 3rd in the table

    man u currently 1-1 away to huddersfield, if it remains the same they can not make top 4

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  29. Leno
    Lichtsteiner Sokratis Mustafi Monreal
    Torreira Xhaka
    Mkhitaryan Ozil Aubameyang
    Lacazette
    subs Cech, Koscielny, Kolasinac, Elneny, Guenduzi, Iwobi, Nketiah

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  30. Spursy1882
    ‏ @sourjyac93
    May 4

    Spurs’ last ten away games:

    ❌ 2-1 loss vs. Chelsea
    ❌ 2-0 loss vs. Palace
    ❌ 2-1 loss vs. Burnley
    ❌ 2-0 loss vs. Chelsea
    ✅ 1-0 win vs. Dortmund
    ❌ 2-1 loss vs. Southampton
    ❌ 2-1 loss vs. Liverpool
    ❌ 4-3 loss vs. City
    ❌ 1-0 loss vs. City
    ❌ 1-0 loss vs. Bournemouth

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  31. linesman trying to help man utd score

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  32. mainly due to a broken corner flag there will be 8 minutes of stoppage time

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  33. when you have BBC commentators saying the Linesman is favoring Man Utd, then you know its really bad

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  34. man utd can;t get top 4

    anything other than a win today for Arsenal will mean CFC are sure of Top 4 finish

    in fact anything other than an AFC win today and both Spurs and CFC get top 4

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  35. COYG!

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  36. Fantastic piece George, you have captured my sentiments too. Thanks…

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  37. kick 16.30 off G T M? Google tag manager? Seems afc have the same problem as I do with not proof reading things!

    COYG!

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  38. It should be BST anyway Mills

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  39. Mkhitaryan shot hits the post and goes to safety

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  40. Penalty to Arsenal, Monreal brought down, I’m not sure it should have been given

    Aubameyang slots him home 1-0 to the Arsenal

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  41. sokratis booked for diving

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  42. sokratis’s 12th BPL booking of the season, the most of any AFC player in BPL history

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  43. Shard, another (more relative) version is Western Europe standard time! (said in a friendly way).

    Nice start for the Gunners!

    COYG!

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  44. HT: Arsenal 1-0 Brighton

    Mkhitaryan hit the post early on, then PEA scored a penalty after Monreal went down under a challenge, Bigthon then got into the game, before AFC finished strongly with Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Mustafi and PEA all could have scored

    Sokratis with his 12th BPL booking of the season for diving, became the 5th AFC player booked for diving this season, the most of any BPL team, says it all really about the PGMOL

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  45. that 12th booking for Sokratis has come in only his 25th BPL game, imagine if that was … you know the rest

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  46. we really need to bang in a few goals today to get our goal difference up,

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  47. Penalty to Brighton, xhaka with a stupid foul

    murray scores 1-1

    we really do shoot ourselves in the foot way too often

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