Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey snub impresses ex-Gunner

Thursday, November 1st, 2018 12:50pm

By Stuart Harlow @lovesportradio

Aaron Ramsey should have accepted Arsenal's contract offer while they had the chance and Stewart Robson has been impressed by the club's strong stance on the issue.

Ramsey has been claiming he has no idea why Arsenal withdrew the contract offer which would have seen him stay beyond the coming summer, when his current deal expires.

The 27-year-old has since been linked with moves to Liverpool, Manchester United, Juventus and AC Milan with Real Madrid even mentioned, such is his calibre.

But former Arsenal midfielder Robson has poured praised on the club for not giving in to Ramsey's supposed wage demands - a topic on which they might have relented in the past.

"I think there's a better feel around Arsenal at the moment," Robson told Ian Stone's Comedy Breakfast (weekdays 6.30am-10.30am).

"Certainly the fans are more positive, the press are more positive, it had been a long time of the same old thing and fans got fed up with it.

"There is an air of optimism about Arsenal, and you can understand why.

"Lacazette is playing better, Aubameyang is looking OK and they've got other players - I think the way he's dealt with Ramsey is quite refreshing as well: 'We've offered you a contract, you haven't signed that, you're not gonna be the kingpin of my team so I'm gonna retract it. I'm still going to use you, and you're still going to be available for me and you're still going to put in good performances, but I'm not going to bow down to what you want.'Aaron Ramsey Arsenal CROPPED"I think there is an optimism about Arsenal and long may that continue for Unai Emery."

Arsenal are unbeaten in 12 games in all competitions but face the biggest test of their season so far on Saturday when they host Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool.

And while Robson is confident in Emery's side going forward, the defence is still a genuine concern.

"I look at the back four and you'd still say it's not a back four that would inspire me," Robson added.

"Xhaka playing at left back, he's someone who's a very good passer of the ball, nice left foot, but he's always liable to be beaten in 1v1 situations because he's not particularly athletic and hasn't got a great turn of pace. 

"And then you look at Holding who's still trying to understand and read the game, he doesn't read the game quite quick enough and people keep getting in behind him.

"Mustafi has his problems, both physically and at times I think he tries to play to high and he gambles a bit on trying to play a high offside line.

"And then you've got the likes of Bellerin or Lichtsteiner, who like getting forward but aren't quite so good going back the other way.

"So there's still problems for Unai Emery to sort out, but if you're an Arsenal fan you have to be pleased with what you've seen so far because everybody said it was going to take a long time, I've got to be careful what I say here, to get rid of the things that Arsene Wenger had put in place for so many years."

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