When Arsenal snapped up Aaron Ramsey from Cardiff City in a deal believed to be worth around £4.8 million it was supposed to be the beginning of an excellent career in North London.
Arsenal had to fight off plenty of competition for the player in 2008, but Ramsey decided that Arsenal’s track record of giving youngsters a chance gave him the best hope of significant progression.
In the five years that have followed it has certainly been a tumultuous time for the Welshman. There was of course his horrific injury in 2010 which has taken three years and two loan spells with Nottingham Forest and back at former club Cardiff to bring him back to what seems his best.
He has started this season in excellent form, culminating in midweek in a man-of-the-match performance against Fenerbahce.
He was again one of the standout performers against Fulham at Craven Cottage this Saturday - his composed display once again impressing watching viewers.
It seems that despite his form in the heart of midfield, that is still an area Arsene Wenger feels needs to be strengthened.
In fairness, that is the truth.
The club do need to bring in another player to strengthen the central midfield options, with that player seemingly Yohan Cabaye.
Arsenal made a move for the player last week, believed to be in the form of a £12 million bid - that was duly rejected by The Toon.
And one former Arsenal player feels that would be the end of Ramsey at The Emirates.
Speaking on Soccer Saturday former Arsenal star Paul Merson made it clear what he felt that transfer could mean for Ramsey.
‘’He [Ramsey] could be a £10 million signing away from leaving the club this summer. If Arsenal sign Cabaye, and I am a big fan of Ramsey, he’ll be the first to go.’’
But surely that is not the case.
With Arsenal competing in four competitions this season the club needs cover in all positions, as evident by the inclusion of 16-year-old Gedion Zelalem on the bench at Craven Cottage.
If Arsenal were to sign Cabaye, or any midfielder in that respect, it would certainly not be the end of Ramsey’s arsenal adventure - an adventure that is just beginning to get interesting.
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