On July 1st, Aaron Ramsey will end an 11-year association with Arsenal.
During his time at the Emirates, Ramsey has become a Premier League star, winning three FA Cups. In July, however, the 28-year-old Welshman will leave for pastures new in Italy. There, he will join perennial Serie A champions Juventus on a four-year contract.
Arsenal are gearing up for one last trophy attempt with Ramsey as the Gunners take on Napoli in the Europa League. Supporters can visit https://gentpromocode.co.uk/virgin-games-promo-code.html to wager on the match’s outcome.
Ramsey will leave the Emirates as a firm legend at the club, particularly given that in two of his three FA Cup finals, the Welshman scored the game-winning goal. It won’t be easy to find his replacement, but the Gunners should take a look at some of these names.
5. James Maddison – Leicester City
James Maddison started the Premier League season well, scoring three times and adding two assists in his first seven games at Leicester. However, since those early days of the season, his performances have been mixed, with just one league goal since December 6th.
Leicester will face Bournemouth next in the league and supporters are gearing up for the fixture. Fans can go to Theladpromocode.co.uk to wager on the team they predict will win the match.
Much of the blame for Maddison’s downturn in form can be laid at the feet of ex-Leicester boss Claude Puel, who seemed convinced Maddison couldn’t play a full 90-minute match.
The 22-year-old’s form has rebounded in recent weeks, which coincided with Puel’s sacking. Under Brendan Rodgers, Maddison has tallied two assists and a goal in four games.
4. Hirving Lozano – PSV Eindhoven
Hirving Lozano ticks two major boxes for Arsenal. Firstly, he is an exceptional left winger that can drift into the midfield to be the creative link to the forward line. Secondly, he is a Mexican international that can raise the profile of the club in his native country.
Currently under contract at PSV Eindhoven until 2023, Lozano has excelled this term. In 33 matches in all competitions, Lozano has tallied 18 goals and nine assists.
He terrorized Tottenham in the Champions League, which should put a smile on the faces of Arsenal supporters. He scored one of his two Champions League goals in a 2-2 draw with Spurs.
3. Julian Brandt – Bayer Leverkusen
Arsenal landed goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen last summer. Now, the Gunners should go back to the German club and sign midfielder Julian Brandt.
The midfielder’s contract will expire in 2021 and expectations are he will leave Bayer on a free if he isn’t sold before then. Bayer have turned the winger into a central midfielder this season, which has allowed Brandt far more creativity.
Brandt is currently third in the Bundesliga in assists with nine. He has added another two in the Europa League. Brandt could be the creative spark Arsenal need to replace Ramsey for the future.
2. Giovani Lo Celso – Real Betis/Paris Saint-Germain
Giovani Lo Celso is on the radar of Arsenal’s north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. The Gunners shouldn’t miss a chance to steal him away and sign the La Liga star for themselves.
The 22-year-old attacking midfielder has starred at Real Betis this term in both La Liga and the Europa League. Lo Celso has 12 goals and four assists in 36 games in all competitions.
The Argentine is on loan from Paris Saint-Germain, and by all accounts, the Parisians will sell Lo Celso in the summer to balance the books. However, Betis have an option to buy the player. If they trigger it, there’s still a chance they will turn around and flip Lo Celso for a larger price.
1. Mesut Ozil – Arsenal
Mesut Ozil is under contract at Arsenal until 2021. The Gunners pay Ozil £350,000-per-week, a sum few other clubs will take on due to the German’s struggles this season.
The playmaker could be at the club for two more seasons thanks to his enormous contract. Manager Unai Emery has reintegrated him into the side recently, and he could end up using the former Real Madrid man a lot more regularly in Ramsey’s absence.
Ozil is on pace to set his lowest assists return as a Gunner this season, having only notched three so far. However, he has only appeared in 18 league games, starting 15, half of Arsenal’s total of 30.
The 30-year-old can still cut through defenses, but he needs more time on the pitch. With Ramsey gone next term, Ozil could be the natural replacement for the Welshman.