Report: Euro 2020 maestro Wenger claimed ‘has it all’ could join Arteta at Arsenal this summer
Arsenal could bring Aaron Ramsey back to the Emirates Stadium this summer as Mikel Arteta targets midfield transfers, per Eurosport.
Sources in north London have indicated Ramsey could be a realistic option for Arteta as he reshapes the Arsenal engine room. The Gunners are desperate to add fresh impetus to their side but are struggling to attract elite players.
Arsenal currently have no plans in place to target Ramsey but are open-minded to an emotional return for the Wales international. The Euro 2020 star left the club as a free agent in 2019 as a three-time FA Cup winning hero.
The Gunners believe there is time for plans to change and for Ramsey’s name to rise on Arteta’s shortlist. Especially as Juventus are ready to move the 30-year-old on in the summer transfer window after an injury-disrupted season.
Ramsey featured 30 times in all competitions under Andrea Pirlo but was also forced to sit out nine fixtures. He also only started 19 of his outings for the Old Lady last term, while scoring two goals and offering five assists.
Ramsey would like the chance to prove that he still deserves a future under returning Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri. His €7million-a-year (£115k-p/w) contract could also see the Serie A side struggle to sell him this summer.
So far, Ramsey has received interest from the Premier League but only in West Ham and Crystal Palace. But neither side appeal to the 65-cap Wales maestro, who still considers himself to be a Champions League player.
TBR’s view: Ramsey return makes sense for Arsenal
Juventus will likely demand a fee for Ramsey this summer but a return to north London makes sense for Arsenal. The Euro 2020 star already has strong ties with the club and can offer Arteta the creativity he is after in a midfield signing.
Ramsey is proving at Euro 2020 that he still has heaps of quality despite a difficult year at Juventus. His late and impeccably timed runs have returned a raft of chances. And as the saying goes; form is temporary, class is permanent.
Arsene Wenger knew well the impact Ramsey could offer in the box at the Emirates Stadium. The former Gunners boss waxed lyrical in 2017, claiming via the club’s website: ‘He has it all in the locker’.
What is up for debate is if Ramsey would accept an emotional return to Arsenal. He still sees himself as a Champions League player, which his former side is not. Will he spend his last few prime years trying to take them back?
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