Aaron Ramsey Warned 'All Bets Are Off' When Stoke City Face Arsenal

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterFebruary 24, 2014

Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey runs after the ball during the Group F Champions League soccer match between Arsenal and Marseille at the Emirates stadium in London, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Alastair Grant/Associated Press

Aaron Ramsey has been targeted by Stoke City fans ahead of the clash between the two sides this weekend, with a fanzine declaring "All bets are off."

Stoke host the Gunners at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday, and it appears from the message in the fanzine that some fans have not forgiven Ramsey's "shushing" celebration from earlier in the season:

By running directly over to the travelling Stoke fans pointing, smiling and giving us the 'shush' finger you seem more than happy for this stupid situation to continue to be drawn out.

Next time you play at the Britannia Stadium, let's have no whining and trying to take the moral high ground when you get the kind of reception your actions have inevitably guaranteed.

Why are stoke obsessed with ramsey? pic.twitter.com/LGWt2bo0WP

— TalkArsenal (@TalkArsenal96) February 23, 2014

Of course, Ramsey's celebration is believed to relate to the 2010 incident in which he had his leg broken in a horrendous tackle by Ryan Shawcross.

He spent a long time on the sidelines and only made an unequivocal breakthrough with Arsenal this season, where his performances in the first half of the campaign made him one of the stars at the Emirates.

The irony of all this hatred, of course, is that Ramsey is not expected to be fit enough to even be in contention for the Stoke game.

He has been out for some time with a thigh problem, and last week the Independent suggested that Arsenal's clash away at Chelsea (March 22) could be a realistic target for his return.

So quite how hostile the reception will be for a player who probably won't even be sitting in the dugout remains to be seen. 


Hat-tip to the Evening Standard for the picture