It has finally been confirmed, after endless rumours, that Aaron Ramsey will join Juventus next season. Although his usual best club form has gone missing this term, the Welshman will be sorely missed in North London.
Yet again, Arsenal’s poor business activities have come to the fore. The Gunners have developed a routine habit of allowing star players to leave for free, read Wilshere. Fabianski, Szczęsny, Cazorla, the list goes on.
Ramsey’s departure will be the most felt as the Welshman is a proven talent and a loyal Gooner since arriving from Cardiff in 2008. From his tireless work as a box-to-box midfielder to the spectacular goals and assists, he has been a joy to watch. A modern-day midfielder, he is calm in possession, capable of making the difference in attack and sometimes defence.
During his time at The Emirates, Ramsey posted strong stats through high-quality passing and goal involvement. He averages 58 passes per game as well as more than two shots on target every match. In a little over 250 appearances, the 28-year-old netted on 38 occasions.
Arsenal will miss Ramsey’s energy and ability to create and score goals, since the start of the 2014/15 season, the Welshman created 152 chances in total, only Mesut Ozil (423) and the departed Alexis Sanchez (272) managed more in the same period.
In terms of assists, he ranks second with 28, some 14 shy of Ozil. If anything those numbers suggest the Welshman has actually created a higher proportion of high-quality chances. He possesses the sort of creativity and genuine goal threat every team craves (and that ours is currently missing it has to be said).
Arsenal’s loss is Juve’s gain, Massimiliano Allegri would definitely relish his additional goal threat through the middle. Blaise Matuidi, Miralem Pjanic, Rodrigo Bentancur, Emre Can and Sami Khedira have notched a mere six Serie A goals this term in 68 combined league appearances.
Goodbye and good luck Rambo!