Three reasons why Arsenal can deal with life after Aaron Ramsey
Ramsey looks set to leave the Gunners
The news that Arsenal and their midfielder Aaron Ramsey failed to come to an agreement on a new contract became headline news earlier this month.
It appears that the ten-year association between player and the club will come to an end next summer.
Ramsey has been the hero of two FA Cup finals, scoring crucial winners in both ties. The Welsh man will also be remembered for 16 goals and 10 assists in the 2013-14 campaign.
Liverpool are 11/4 favourites for his signature, so the Coral News Team take a look at what life could be like post-Ramsey at the Emirates Stadium.
Granit Xhaka-Lucas Torreira pivot
Whichever formation Emery picks, there doesn’t seem to be an obvious position for the attacking midfielder.
It looks like Xhaka and Torreira will now get the opportunity to show they can anchor the Arsenal midfield.
Their contrasting styles gelled together in the 5-1 win over Fulham before the international break.
This leaves one more space if Emery elects for a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 formation. Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s versatility may be another reason why Ramsey is set to leave.
Alex Iwobi and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Ramsey played from the right-hand side on a number of occasions under Arsene Wenger but is by no means a distinguished winger.
It’s been Alex Iwobi who has really stepped up and seized his chance under the new manager.
The Nigerian has worked his way into the Arsenal starting eleven and is likely to play a big part this season.
Arsenal also have two world-class strikers in Alexandre Lacazette and Aubameyang. The latter has often played out wide and has already bagged six goals this season.
Mesut Ozil is the main man
The former German international is the main issue in this conundrum. His current salary also a key factor.
But leaving the financial situation aside, Ozil has finally landed the number 10 shirt.
He has his flaws but Ozil’s trophy cabinet shows a glittering career that Ramsey cannot match.
The Welshman’s improvised goal against Fulham showed again why he can be effective in off-the-cuff situations.
But Arsenal have pinned their hopes to the German and this means someone who’s been so influential in the Gunners recent history must seek pastures new.
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