Football expert brands Ozil and Ramsey situation at Arsenal 'awkward and annoying'
- Lars Sivertsen believes Arsenal are in a tough situation with Ramsey leaving the Emirates and Ozil out of favour with Unai Emery.
- The Norwegian football expert explains Italian media report post-tax figures when they claim Juventus have offered Ramsey £140k-a-week whereas pre-tax wage is around £245k-a-week.
The situation with Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil is 'awkward and annoying' for the Gunners, as per Norwegian football expert Lars Sivertsen.
Ramsey is closing is very close to a move to Juventus as the Welchman is in talks for a pre-contract agreement ahead of the summer transfer. As for Mesut Ozil, he is likely to stay at the Emirates after signing a £350k-a-week contract a year ago but Gunners boss Unai Emery doesn't field him too often.
"It’s really odd because Ozil doesn’t seem to be a good fit for Emery’s system because he wants to be able to press high and have this energetic style," Sivertsen said on The Guardian's Football Weekly Extra podcast.
"But the fact he’s on this massive deal means they’re going to have trouble making him go away basically. Whereas with Ramsey, in theory, he should fit Emery’s way of playing much better, but they weren’t able to tie him down on any sort of deal.
"That’s an awkward and annoying situation for Arsenal I’m sure."
Media reports in Italy claim that Aaron Ramsey has been offered £140,000-a-week by Juventus which is lower than the reported Gunners' offer to the Welshman. However, Lars Sivertsen believes it's just because Italian sources usually report post-taxation figures.
"I believe the standard in Italy is that they report the net figures, so after tax, whereas in England, we tend to talk about the pre-tax numbers," Sivertsen explained. "So he’s actually been offered about twice that really, if that’s not true then Juventus have got themselves a completely amazing deal which doesn’t make any sense.
"But I would think, according to smart people on the internet, that is how it is.
"If you look at it from Arsenal’s perspective then you’re talking about a player who is 28, who has always really struggled to stay fit, he’s always picked up injuries, who has been handed a five-year deal at well over £200,000-a-week.
"So you can understand why that’s not something Arsenal cannot match, given that their finances are not as great as they were, it’s understandable."
According to the Daily Star, income tax in Italy is 43 per sent for high earners. That means, if Italian media reports of the £140,000-a-week are accurate, his pre-tax wage is around £245,000-a-week.