Aaron Ramsey is on his way out of Arsenal, so who could come in?
Aaron Ramsey is out of contract at the end of the season, and judging by recent reports to come out from London, it looks like Arsenal will allow him to leave for free. While it’s not ideal, given the close sentimentality fans feel when it comes to Ramsey, it’s important that replacements are considered.
the Welshman has scored in two FA Cup finals for the Gunners, including their most recent trophy at the hands of Chelsea. He has come up with a ton of special moments, which won’t be forgotten easily. His career statistics with Arsenal are rather impressive, especially for a midfielder. In his 10 years with Arsenal, despite a couple of loan moves, he has scored 59 goals, according to Soccer Base.
So, I think it’s fair to say that Arsenal should be in the market for a goalscoring midfielder. They don’t really have that in any of their current options. But of course, goal scoring is not essential when it comes to judging a midfielder’s quality.
1. Adrien Rabiot – PSG
Adrien Rabiot is showing good form so far this season, and he’s beginning to pick up more game time in the French capital. He even scored in the Champions League against Napoli to round off last month.
The Frenchman is known to be quite ego-driven and troublesome. There have been times where the PSG board has reportedly lost faith in him and his attitude. However, if anyone is to instil a sense of discipline into a player, it’s Unai Emery.
A number of Arsenal players who were written off due to Wenger’s approach have sparked into approach under Emery. Alex Iwobi, Granit Xhaka, Rob Holding and Mesut Ozil are just a few players who have benefited from the arrival of the Frenchman.
2. Nabil Fekir – Lyon
Arsenal is by no means strived of creative options. They have Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan who all do a good job in that department. However, if Emery wishes to relieve even more onus of Xhaka, then he could consider signing Nabil Fekir.
Fekir was linked with a move to Arsenal when Wenger was at the helm. Many supporters would write the Lyon man off because of that, but they shouldn’t. I mean, there’s a reason why he’s a man of such heavy interest.
Arsenal will undeniably face competition in Liverpool if they wish to sign Fekir. The Merseyside club was interested in signing Fekir in the summer, but nothing materialised. Lyon may feel like Liverpool wasted their time, so Arsenal could get an easy ride here.
In case you didn’t know, Fekir has already been to England this year, and scored. It was in a Champions League fixture with Manchester City, a club in which the Gunners hasn’t had much luck against of late.
3. Jose Callejon – Napoli
Jose Callejon is yet again another creative option for Unai Emery to consider. The Spanish midfielder is a real fan favourite in Italy, and rightly so. He owes immense credit to Maurizio Sarri, who was key to bringing out the best in him.
He plays a more creative style, which is emphasised by his assist tally. According to WhoScored, the midfielder has contributed to 7 assists in 12 games this season, across all competitions.
What attracts me the most to Callejon is not his statistics, but how consistent he has been this season. Consistency is a trait which won Ramsey the player of the season award last season, as he was often the player to come up with the goods for Arsenal in Wenger’s final season.
However, he also has a burning desire to achieve. He will feel like he can definitely achieve this under Unai Emery, who is known for working with players of this calibre well. Callejon could come into Arsenal and add a new edge to their style of play. But with Emery being the man of video analysis, he will know this and make adaptions to integrate the Spaniard into the side.