Aaron Ramsey has been a source of frustration for Arsenal fans in recent years.
After demonstrating his true ability during the 2013/14 season, scoring a number of memorable and important goals, the Welshman has somewhat tailed off and struggled to recapture such form.
A meagre five goals and four assists in 31 Premier League appearances last term is a disappointing return for someone who prides himself in being an attacking midfielder.
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Supporters thought the very same of Ramsey, so much so that a large portion of Arsenal’s devoted fan base were critical of the club's decision to hand the 25-year-old the famous No.8 shirt this week.
And now, in a somewhat dangerous move, he has refused to rule out a potential move away in the future, namely to Barcelona.
He told Spanish outlet Marca, per the Evening Standard: “Barcelona play football very well and at Arsenal we want to do the same.
“I’ve said it before: I would love to play in La Liga one day, at one of the big clubs.
“I watch the league every week. It suits my style. Maybe I will [move] someday, who knows what will happen in the future.”
Not exactly what Arsenal fans want to hear, especially so given how many players they’ve lost to Barcelona over the past 15 years.
Worse still, Hector Bellerin has also been linked with the Catalonians in recent days amidst doubt over Dani Alves’ future.
Where Ramsey is concerned, a testing season awaits him to prove he’s worthy of donning the number eight.
And it appears he’s wary of the pressure on his shoulders.
“I know that many people expect a lot from me and I want to eventually become one of the best midfielders in Europe, adding facets to my game and scoring more goals,” he added.
Improvements are of the utmost importance for Ramsey after Granit Xhaka was announced as Arsenal’s new signing on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old Swiss midfielder will only create further competition in the middle of the park, which means that Ramsey must up his game considerably if he’s to secure a starting spot.
Fortunately for the Welshman, Xhaka is more suited to a deep-lying playmaker role, whereas Ramsey is a box-to-box midfielder; they could form a perfect partnership in the heart of Arsenal’s midfield.
The issue remains, though, that all of Francis Coquelin, Mohamed Elneny, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla will also be vying for places.