A Tuesday story in the Daily Mail suggests that Barcelona are preparing a bid. Simon Jones writes in his transfer column:
The Welshman's reawakening has been keenly watched by Barcelona who have dispatched scouts to Arsenal's last four games and Wales's matches with Belgium and Macedonia.
Barcelona are in the process of re-evaluating a squad that is showing signs of wear and tear.Coach Tata Martino has seen his side lose two games in a week and president Sandro Rosell is taking stock with his staff of where and how to strengthen.
However, Arsene Wenger has already made his position on the matter clear. After Ramsey’s match-winning display against Cardiff, Wenger told The Mirror that he wouldn’t sell the Welshman—even for a touted £50 million.
There are two primary reasons why Ramsey is not for sale.
The first is that his performances have made him integral to the team. Some fans scoffed when Ramsey was handed a long-term deal last season, but all Gunners must be delighted to have him tied down now.
Ramsey has transformed into Europe’s most prolific central midfielder. His goal-getting is reminiscent of the greatest exploits of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. If he continues at this rate, he will comfortably break the hallowed 20-goal mark.
Several years ago, it was anticipated that the Arsenal team of the future would be built around Jack Wilshere. Now, it seems as if Ramsey will be that man.
The second reason Ramsey won’t be sold is that the club is entering a new era—one in which they will not be financially bullied by supposed bigger clubs.
With commercial deals on the rise and the stadium debt waning, Arsenal are on a better economic footing than ever before. That much is shown by this summer’s extravagant purchase of Mesut Ozil.
However, aside from acquiring Ozil, the striking thing about Arsenal’s summer was that they managed to hold on to all their key players. In previous summers, they had lost the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Alex Song and Robin van Persie. The drain of talent has come to a stop.
As Wenger told Arsenal.com, "In recent years we have lost players who we have educated, who we have formed, and we lost them when they became competitive. It was important that we turned that round and showed we are ambitious."
Selling Ramsey at this stage would represent a huge backwards step.
The inference is clear: Aaron Ramsey will be at Arsenal for a good while yet.
James McNicholas is Bleacher Report's lead Arsenal correspondent and will be following the club from a London base throughout the 2013/14 season. Follow him on Twitter here.
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