Cesc for Ramsey swap would be bad judgement; Everton can finish above United

In our newest feature ‘at the end of the day’ Stephen Pickering gives his opinion on the top news stories of the day. Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton feature.

The latest buzz around The Emirates has involved the possible return of Arsenal legend Cesc Fabregas. I think bringing Cesc back to the Emirates would obviously be a great signing. However, with the talk of Barcelona supposedly mulling over a €40 million bid for Aaron Ramsey, I can't help but think that this could turn into possible swap deal. 

I don't know the current feelings around the supporters on this topic, but I feel that any possible swap deal that involves Aaron Ramsey departing the club would be extremely short sighted.

It's true that Aaron Ramsey is only starting to show form this season and Cesc has been doing it for years. Perhaps it would be safer to take the experienced player and then you know what you're getting which can be important, especially in a title run.

However, Aaron Ramsey isn't even 23 yet - he's got more than 10 years of football at the top level in him and he has shown that he could be something special. He is the type of player that I just love to watch, he can really grab the game by the scruff of it's neck and I am 99% sure he will go on to become an Arsenal legend if given half the chance. 

I think Cesc would be a great signing but if it's at the cost of Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal should just walk away from the negotiating table.


There has been a lot said post match regarding the Manchester United and Everton game. There have been a lot of opinions thrown around about United, Everton, Moyes, Martinez and who will finish where, so here's one more.

Manchester United and Everton are both in transitional periods because they have lost their long-term managers and with that someone new has come in, with a set idea of how he wants to run the show. A transitional period can and usually does go one of two ways, if you're lucky you get the so called 'honeymoon period' this can usually last up to 6 months and gives fans a huge boost in confidence. There is also the 'bedding in' period, which basically means you've come in done nothing/done worse and it's put down to not having enough time or your own squad.

I would say usually it takes 6 months (on average) for the hyperbole to quiet down and if it doesn't you're in trouble, which is why I think Moyes needs some quick results before anymore heads are turned. Martinez on the other hand is finding life at the Goodison pretty comfortable, as they have risen the heights of 5th, giving 4th place Liverpool a little panic. 

This season I don't see any reason why Everton shouldn't finish above Manchester United as Martinez continues to impress and Moyes struggles to find his feet. I will go on record and say if given time I do believe Moyes will get it right in the end, it just depends on how patient the fans can be with him. 

Because it's a big job and it won't happen overnight. Unfortunately.

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