Morning all. There is no Arsenal news as the club flies out to Singapore for some pre-season friendlies. There is a fake news story going around that Arsenal are after some Barcelona flop named Gomes. I took a quick look at his stats and I can only say that if Arsenal are actually going for him, the club’s ambitions are awfully low.
Obviously stats don’t tell the whole story but they do paint the picture of a player who has never impressed at any level. It’s not impossible for him to be made into a good player but if Arsenal are actually going to sign Gomes as a replacement for Ramsey, we are taking a massive step down in quality.
That said, I was also down on Lichtsteiner, Sokratis, and Leno based on the data I saw and the club signed them. So, there does seem to be something else the club is seeing that I don’t see in the data. This is the point where some noob says “you’re not a professional scout, you should just shut up and support the players” which is one of my favorite things people say because: 1) the scouts get things wrong all the time and have an awful track record 2) even Arsene Wenger, who was at one time one of the best talent scouts in world football, got a ton of players wrong and actually got very few players right if you look back at all of his purchases and 3) I get a lot of things right based on just basic stats.
Anyway, I don’t know why I wrote all that because I don’t see any links to this player outside of sources like Metro and the Daily Star. So, don’t waste any psychic energy on this.
I also wouldn’t worry about Aaron Ramsey’s contract situation. I’m not worried about anything until it actually happens. It’s clear that he’s angling for maximum payout and you can’t really blame him for that, he turns 28 this winter and this is his last big contract. If he signs for Arsenal, great. If we sell him, fine (but he has to agree to be sold and I don’t see why he would). If he walks out at the end of the season on a free, well, I think I would feel like maybe he could go fuck himself. I recognize those are rude words and you’re not allowed to say them in the comments (you get filtered) but honestly, if he walks away on a free at the end of the season, it’s a real dick move and the only reason he would do that is for the money.
The stats suggest that we should have given him a new deal in 2015/16. That was one of his best seasons of his career. He followed up with a pretty poor season (due to injury) but came back again with his best season of his career. Maybe he feels like we’ve been getting him for cheap these last three seasons and thus he’s every right to hold us over the barrel. We don’t know what he’s thinking.
I was asked “how much should he be paid” on Twitter and I don’t have an answer there either. He holds all of the cards here. If he leaves on a free next spring, he’s going to get a huge signing bonus plus a large salary. That’s what Ozil did to us and that’s why we paid him 300k (reportedly) a week or whatever. So, I think you’re looking at Ozil money for Ramsey, if you want to keep him. And maybe we don’t want to keep him? I don’t know. Maybe he helps us get back into the Champions League and we all just say “thanks Aaron!”
Anyway, this is all stuff that you shouldn’t worry about because it’s all out of our control. You should worry about how you treat people around you in the service industry! I’ll write something about that tomorrow. Unless there’s some sort of actual Arsenal news ever again.