On Ramsey, Leaving and Atletico

The ‘British Core’. Quite possibly the biggest marketing ploy since Malcolm McClaren conjured up a cartoon punk band and ripped off the record labels something chronic.

There is no ‘British Core’, there never was. At the time it projected itself onto the world with the aid of a well-taken photograph, the notion played on the fears over a loss of identity. Yet the Premier League’s formation was the biggest identity theft in the history of football. Nothing was the same once the cash came rolling in. The domestic cow was milked dry and new foreign cows were needed.

With the role as the heartbeat of communities diminishing, football clubs looked to create a global community. Links and good charitable work remains the constant to this day, but there is a world market to serve and serve it the Premier League most certainly does. The Premier League, Serie A, La Liga, the Bundesliga and Ligue Un merge into one on your TV screen, waiting for the day when all become one.

When the derbies with Tottenham attain some novelty status and matches against Dortmund, Marseille and Milan become the norm. When quizzical looks greet your talk of record-breaking FA Cup final victories and of winning an English league title at Liverpool, a team we haven’t faced for years.

OK, so that’s a dystopian view of how football’s future might look and preys on the same insecurities which created the British core. It could as easily have been a French core for the media. Indeed, did Arsenal miss a trick there? Global branding, etc.

That’s all the ‘British Core’ was: a marketing exercise. Look at them now. One at West Ham, another at Liverpool, the third in the Championship while the last is in the reserves and unsaleable.

It’s All Gone Bob Hoskins

In a way, the ‘British Core’ – certainly the English members of it – serve as a perfect analogy for the England team. Full of young promise but failing to live up to expectations.

The last member of the ‘BC’ is standing. Aaron Ramsey spoke to the media and inevitably the question of his contract came up.

“We are communicating. My agent and the club are speaking but are yet to come to an agreement. For football reasons, this is a great club to be at and I’m excited to get going under this manager.

“We’re just yet to come to an agreement.”

All of which is perfectly reasonable; Huss has yet to be fully extended over the barrel but at least talks are continuing. Do I blame Ramsey for taking his time and extracting every penny? Not a chance. After the palaver with Özil, take the money and run, dear boy.

And run, run to your heart’s content for in the high-pressing game we expect to see, Aaron Ramsey – at the peak of his career – may enjoy the best football of his career.

He won’t be rushed into a decision over a new deal either.

“It’s my decision,” he said after checking with Mrs Ramsey that it was the right thing to say. “Whatever I decide to do, that’s on me. Do I feel under pressure? No. The only thing that makes it awkward is you keep asking the questions. It’s like having a baby in the car saying ‘Are we there yet, are we there yet?'”

Yes, you pesky reporters. If it wasn’t for you, he might have got away with it, although what ‘it’ is I’m not quite sure. I’ve opened a Scooby-sized hole in the post and am not sure where the ramble is taking me.

Cue Monty Python Joke Inserted As Headline

One thing which won’t be questioned, he said, is his effort.

“Listen, I’m a player who always gives 100 per cent regardless of what’s going on. I will give absolutely everything to try to achieve something special this season, regardless. I’ve still got a year left and I’m looking forward to being in an Arsenal shirt in the new season.

“We have to come to an agreement with what we want, so maybe something might happen.”

I’m sure it will. If only Ivan weren’t so distracted to give the issue his full and formidable attention. Are you expecting me to plead or be concerned about the CEO leaving? ‘Fraid not. Don’t see what all the fuss is about. He’s a suit and I care not one jot for what the suits do.

Let’s look at it logically. Or maybe the preface should be, let’s look at it from my warped logic point of view. Gazidis could fall seriously ill and be incapacitated. Wouldn’t wish it on the bloke, but it could happen. Who takes over then? Not a dissimilar circumstance. Life goes on at the club.

Or if you want to look at it another way. This is a bloke who won a power struggle so he could impose a new management structure on the club. If it all falls apart when he leaves, then he wasn’t much good at his job, was he?

People, step back from the brink. He’s a CEO. That’s it. We love football, not the business of football. Flirted with it and frankly, it bored me to tears.

One thing we did find out though. Chips writes a bloody awful press statement. Add that to a bloody awful manner at AGMs and we’re finding out every time he does something that he’s a bloody awful chairman.

Pre-Season Friendly Alert

There’s a match on today, by the way. It’s a pre-season friendly which is a proviso of sorts. Expectations aren’t high, it’s just more interesting to see how the team sets out. However, until the thud and blunder of the new Premier League season begins, we won’t know too much about the team itself. Or more to the point, how the team has changed.

But it’s a blessed relief to have a match to talk about instead of the peripharies of the game.

Enjoy the match wherever you are watching it.

’til Tomorrow.

31 thoughts on “On Ramsey, Leaving and Atletico

  1. YW says:

    I’d like to apologise to all British readers. I’ve just realised that I didn’t name the British Core and by the yardstick the ‘Nigerian magnate’ created, that makes me racist. Soz and all that.

  2. Silly Sausage says:


    You got that in just before I could register my outrage

  3. Michael says:

    And now you get to Boom as well.

  4. Michael says:

    Seems we lost a friendly to Brentford, another played behind close doors, whats the idea of that?

  5. Pete the Thirst says:

    Hot off the press: Josh will be taking over from Ivan in September!

    Josh’s first press release:

    “I am the Son of Stan”
    “Son of Stan I am”
    “I like Green Eggs and Ham”

  6. Adeniyi says:


    Let it go YW…… .. I bet u, u would be surprise about d number of gunners who happen to b Nigerians on this site.to each his own, of course am a Nigerian too and i ve been following u for years,that cap (racist cap)didnt fit u……..looking forwards to d match of d day

  7. C says:


  8. Silly Sausage says:

    Watching a stream of this at work right now.
    It’s too hot to work anyway.

    Who’s the chap with all the hair?

  9. Ras says:

    Good afternoon All. Top post comm dab YW.

    Watching the friendly v Athletico. Cech is in Goal for the 2nd half. Straight away you see the difference in terms of playing out from the back with Cech in Goal.

    His instinct is to kick it, launch as far away from Goal as possible. Leno on the other hand in 1st half is at ease with ball at feet.

    Emery is obviously going to have decide who is the No1 and stick with that player .

    I prefer Leno in Goal.

  10. C says:

    Silly Sausage,

    New boy Guendouzi who looks quite a player thus far and carrying on his form from last season in France.

  11. C says:

    I know its pre-season but there is still absolutely no reason why Ramsey should be trying to dribble out of the 6 yard box in that situation.

  12. Ras says:


    Hello C re Ramsey old habits die hard mate.

    Yes the young Français ( name escapees ) Me has not stopped running. His distribution of the ball has been good.

  13. lari03 says:

    Just saw Emil’s goal and it was a good one from the youngster.

  14. C says:


    The other thing worth noting about Guendouzi is, hair aside, he is a big lad especially for only being 19 and seemed full of confidence.

  15. Adeniyi says:

    Guendouzi,smith rocked………..Guendouzi would do better with a proper defensive midlefielders(a la Torreira)than a Ramsey who had a fair game, but left guendouzi alone too much for my likening.Am kinda ambigous about Ramsey, if Emery can instil that discipline…….wishes,but he’d better sign now, quickly too b4 he shower too many faults to d coach and there goes d lucrative deal on d table.Laca n Auba were as a matter of looking share,i think 50 goals btw them is very possible. Honorable mention for Osei tutu n Nelson.All in all a good run out

  16. C says:

    Adelaide to Angers on a permanent. I figured this might happen with Emery wanting and signing Guendouzi.

  17. Bill says:

    Great post yogi.

    I hope we keep Ramsey. I still think he would be really good playing as the attacking center mid behind the striker. However if we end up selling him then so be it. I certainly don’t blame him or ozil or any player for getting the best possible contract their agent can negotiate. However just like with ozil, if Ramsey does get a big contract it ramps up the expectations. If he doesn’t live up to those expectations then he will divide opinions even more then he does now.

    conceding only 1 goal is a good result against Atletico.

  18. Bill says:

    Adelaide to Angers on a permanent.I figured this might happen with Emery wanting and signing Guendouzi.

    A couple of seasons ago jeff was was heavily hyped on ACLF and we thought he was going to be a top player. I guess our ACLF scouting system was a bit overly over optimistic again. It seems to make sense to be a bit skeptical whenever we hear about the the next great thing

  19. Bhavesh Sadiwala says:

    On Ramsey’s contract issue, it makes sense for him to negotiate more until he gets the level of pay he wants. However I feel the club needs to be more ruthless and let him know that he has less than 12 months to go, “either you sign or we are shipping you out on the best offer we get”.

    We cannot run the clock down again, I mean we should’ve learnt the lesson by now after so many past examples. It’s the management’s responsibility to not let any player’s contract reach it’s final year.

  20. C says:


    A couple things happened mate: injuries and a new manager and those things happen no mattet the level of talent and change things.

  21. Bill says:

    Does Guendouzi and his awesome hair leapfrog Maitland-Niles? If so then Maitland-Niles should probably be sent on loan

  22. Bill says:


    A couple things happened mate:injuries and a new manager and those things happen no mattet the level of talent and change things.

    It’s amazing how these players that we have hyped over the years have all run into a set of uncontrollable circumstances which has kept them from reaching their potential.

    I think Henry B was the lead scout on Jeff. Are you completely dismissing the possiblility that Jeff was never as good as we thought?

  23. Bill says:

    My hair follicles crapped out long ago and I have a heavy duty case of follicle envy. I already like Guendouzi. He and Elneny certainly make the PL all star hair squad

  24. C says:


    I am because we simply don’t know. Players leave one club and flourish at another. Injuries can play a massive role in players development at that age. The other thing is that you have to remember not all players (at all levels of experience and skill) fit into a club or league.

    The other thing your dismissing is that, when new managers come in, they have their own thoughts of who they want to keep and let go and the players as well have a decision to make.

    I honestly am not sure where or how you think players develop because based on what you have said all players are essentially over hyped if they don’t make thr first team at their parent club.

  25. Bil says:


    2 years ago some of us were suggesting that he was ready for a spot with our first team. That was heavily over hyped. He was no close to being that good back then and still isn’t. I don’t remember hearing anyone say that in 2-3 years Jeff may be good enough to be a squad player for a lower half of the table team in France.

    The point of all of this is just to highlight how utterly impossible it is to predict the ceiling for players like him. Even the professional scouts get it wrong a lot more often then they get it right. The other point is to highlight just how much the players records and performances at the U21 over rates how good they really are and why I think its always a mistake to give squad spots to players based on their performances and record in our academy. If we had followed the advice our some of optimistic fans over the years our first team would right now would be Ryo Myachi, Benik Afobe Chuba Akpom. Thomas Eisfeld, Jeff, Iwobe, Ignasi Miquel, Kyle Bartley, etc etc etc. We would have been relegated long ago.

  26. Bil says:

    We have about 14 years of data and hundreds of test cases that tells us without any doubt that the players we talked about were not as good as we thought.

  27. Limestonegunner says:

    Emile Smith-Rowe has been scoring some crackers. Before Bill reminds us, of course he will probably never make it as a first team regular simply because almost no one does from the youth academy. But we are allowed to enjoy what they do in the meantime.

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