Get up to date on Arsenal transfer news, injury updates, fixtures, not restricting reports on Arsenal Ladies and share your opinions on Goonerhead
ARSENAL boss Unai Emery has reportedly drawn up a plan to replace outgoing midfielder Aaron Ramsey.
At least that’s according to the Daily Mirror.
The Wales international is headed for the Emirates Stadium exit door after over 10 years of service for the Gunners.
Ramsey was nearing a new contract at Arsenal but the club rescinded the offer recently, with it now almost certain the 27-year-old will depart in January or next summer.
And according to the Mirror, Emery wants to replace Ramsey with Ever Banega – who he managed at Sevilla.
It is claimed Emery wants to bring in the 30-year-old play-maker to add more energy into the midfield with Banega having enjoyed great success under the Spaniard in La Liga.
Argentine Banega would represent another ageing addition with Arsenal having added Sokratis Papastathopoulos, aged 30, and veteran 34-year-old right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner to the ranks as two of Emery’s five summer signings.
Before that, Arsenal also brought in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrik Mkhitaryan – both of whom will turn 30 in 2019 – back in January.
It is claimed Arsenal have adapted their approach to transfer business and that, unlike when Emery’s predecessor Arsene Wenger was in charge, their focus is no longer on sell-on value.
That is with fees for younger promising players having inflated massively.
As such, the north London outfit are prepared to sanction fees for older players and are willing to meet Sevilla’s transfer fee for Banega and agree to a lengthy contract in the hope he can have an instant impact.
Arsenal were linked to Banega back in the summer as Emery sought to bolster his squad, but he ultimately ended up bringing in Sokratis, Lichtsteiner, Lucas Torreira, Bernd Leno and Matteo Guendouzi.
Goalkeeper Leno was crucial last night as Arsenal beat Qarabag 3-0 in Baku in the Europa League group stages.