Hauled off after 63 minutes of a then-goalless affair against Watford, the midfielder frowned and shook his head repeatedly as he made his way to the bench.
It wasn't supposed to be like this.
Watford, who had beaten Arsenal twice in their previous three Premier League meetings, created numerous chances throughout the match but were unable to find the back of the net.
With Unai Emery chasing a seventh successive win, he introduced the 22-year-old winger, who immediately lite the flames. All of which makes subsequent events even more weird.
When asked if Ramsey holds the power, he told The Sunday Supplement: "Yes he is, because if he resists being sold in January then he'll command a higher wage at his next club". Here are the player ratings from the 2-0 victory.
An own goal from Watford's Craig Cathcart and a close range finish form Mesut Ozil gave the Gunners a flattering 2-0 win at the Emirates Stadium this afternoon (Saturday).
The Welsh midfielders current deal is up at the end of the season and rumours about whether he would be signing an extension with the club had been circulating since the start of the season.
When it comes to Ramsey, though, it's not quite that simple.
Arsenal were not playing fluent football and, when they did threaten, they proved wasteful in front of goal. "But today, one more time, I'm very proud of my players". We had been on an emotional journey with this player.
It was always going to be a tough one but few expected it to be this hard.
Indeed, the touchline demeanours of the two could not be more different.
"He was patient to wait for his moment, and it's arriving", said Emery, whose team leapfrogged Watford into fifth place in the Premier League standings. But time is not on Arsenal's side.