Arsenal seem resigned to losing Aaron Ramsey when his contract expires in the summer.
And as a result, they may look to cash in on the Welshman in the January transfer window to avoid losing him on a free transfer.
Unai Emery will already be scouring the market for a midfielder who can replace Ramsey’s creativity at Arsenal.
Although Ramsey did not play every game, he was still a valuable member of the squad, providing competition for places in the Arsenal midfield.
Emery needs to eye a reunion with a former favourite of his to fill Ramsey’s void: Ever Banega would be the ideal replacement for Ramsey at The Emirates Stadium.
The 30-year-old has that creative spark that would benefit Arsenal’s midfield options.
Sitting just ahead of Lucas Torreira, Banega could thrive with added license.
Emery rates the Argentina international highly, having used him at Valencia before signing him for Sevilla.
Now back at Sevilla, Banega has forged a successful career in Europe and a move to England could be his next career step.
Banega will be 31 by the start of next season so he is not a young option. But as a short-term replacement for Ramsey, he is perfect and the Emery factor gives the Gunners a trump card in this pursuit.