Arsene Wenger says Aaron Ramsey’s departure will be a loss for Arsenal, after the Welsh international recently confirmed his summer move to Serie A side Juventus.
Ramsey and Juventus both posted on social media last week to reveal that the 28-year-old had signed a pre-contract and undergone two medicals ahead of his summer transfer to Italy.
The midfielder will have spent 11 years at Arsenal by the time he leaves, 10 of which were under Arsene Wenger. The former Gunners boss spoke at the Laureus Sport for Good presentation about the move.
“He is a player who is great going forward,” Wenger said. “His main quality is he can keep the final ball and he makes interesting runs from deep. You don’t find many players today who can make midfield runs off the ball. It will be an interesting addition for Juventus.”
Ramsey has had mixed success under Unai Emery this season. He’s made 30 appearances, but just over half of those (16) were starts. However, he’s actually played a lot better coming off the bench, scoring two and assisting four as a substitute, whilst only scoring one and assisting three as a starter despite many more minutes.
At times, it seemed like he was the perfect player for the system Emery was trying to play, such as in the win over Chelsea. At others, he was much less effective, and he’s also had a couple of minor injury problems as always. We’ll have to wait and see how he does for the remainder of the season, and then how he adapts to Juventus.