Arsenal will lose Aaron Ramsey this summer, with the Welshman having announced that he would be joining Juventus on expiration of his contract.
The midfielder will bring to an end 11-year stint at the Emirates Stadium and embark on a new chapter in Serie A.
Many Arsenal fans were sorry to learn the former Cardiff City youngster would be moving on after contract talks reached an impasse.
What’s done is done, and Arsenal will be tasked with trying to replace him this summer.
A few names have been touted, with Denis Suarez having already been brought in on loan (official website).
The Barcelona man has struggled so far, but there’s time for him to turn things around and prompt the Gunners to pay his option to buy clause.
One man Unai Emery should be avoiding though, is Bayern Munich loan player James Rodriguez.
An average player living off past glories
Arsenal were linked with a £3 million loan move for the Colombian in January (The Daily Mail), and there have been murmurs the club could try again this summer, with Mesut Ozil’s future having also been speculated over.
After two awful displays against Liverpool in the Champions League and an underwhelming domestic season, it is clear that he is not the answer to their upcoming problems.
Unfortunately the Real Madrid player, signed for £63 million (Sky Sports), appears to be living off past glories – his 2014 World Cup showing to be exact – and actually, he doesn’t have the consistent quality required to succeed at a top club.
For Bayern, he’s managed to score 12 goals and make 20 assists in 61 appearances.
For Real, he has 36 goals and 40 assists in 111 appearances which is actually not bad going. That said, the playmaker was unfancied by Zinedine Zidane and farmed out to Germany on a two-year loan.
Rodriguez simply doesn’t seem to be that same explosive player that lit up the World Cup and Arsenal, if they are contemplating any move this summer, could do better.
Marca Colombia recently reported that Rodriguez would snub the north Londoners to try and fight for his place at the Bernabeu, but with Zidane now back in charge that may prove difficult.