Friday, June 13, 2008
Wenger’s three arguments that convinced Ramsey to snub Manchester United
In a two hours, no holds barred, question and answer lunch come meeting in a Basle restaurant, Arsene Wenger convinced Aaron Ramsey and his parents, Kevin and Marlene, that Arsenal is the better club to join.
According to information coming out of Wales Arsene Wenger had three major points to put forward which seemed to sway the young man’s decision towards snubbing Manchester United.
Wenger first told him that his route to first-team football at Manchester United was blocked by no more than nine players.
And he named them as Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Michael Carrick, Owen Hargreaves, Darren Fletcher, Ji-Sung Park, Anderson, and Nani.
Whereas at Arsenal he only has to compete with Tomas Rosicky, Gilberto Silva, Emmanuel Eboue, Denilson, Abou Diaby and Walcott.
Fabregas is obviously beyond his or anyone’s reach and Hleb will probably not be there next season.
The second point made by Wenger was that Arsenal’s transfer policy is more conservative and does not rely on signing big stars.
Big money transfers would obviously further block his development and his route to first team football. Which according to Wenger is what Manchester United tend to do.
He pointed out that United have spent around £300m on transfers in the last six years, while Arsenal in the same period have splashed out only £40m.
And the third point which seemed to convince the Ramsey family is that Aaron’s style and football technique is more suited to Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger is of course the master at this kind of thing. He has to deal with concerned parents of young starlets all the time.
Remember last summer around this time he stopped short his holiday in Sardinia and traveled to Norway to meet with Nordtveit, his father and club president clinching his signature right there and then.
He probably has by now developed the art of persuasion to a masters level. He not only laid on a private jet for Aaron to travel to his base where he is commenting for French TV on the Euro 2008 but he invited his parents too.
Ex Arsenal boy Hartson agrees with Ramsey. Arsenal’s the team for you