If Aaron Ramsey joins Adrien Rabiot and Hector Herrera as top talents available on a free transfer next summer, AC Milan may be waiting to snap up the Welsh midfielder.
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Ramsey, 27, has not agreed to a new contract with Arsenal and could leave the club for free in the summer.
And while AC Milan is going to have to sell some players under Financial Fair Play, Tuttosport is saying the club feels its decent relationship with Arsenal executive Ivan Gazidis could help the move along.
Ramsey has 55 caps with 14 goals for Wales, and has played 335 matches with 59 goals and 57 assists for the Gunners since arriving from Cardiff City (He’s had short-term loans to Nottingham Forest and back to Cardiff).
The Welsh star seems in some ways synonymous with Arsenal’s recent seasons, but may get a chance to be an in-focus star on another side. He’s a very good player who has been dwarfed by names like Ozil and others during his time at the Emirates Stadium.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette scored gorgeous goals, living up the stardust potential of their partnership atop Arsenal’s strike force.
Aubameyang smashed Arsenal into a second half lead with a fantastic goal at Cardiff City Stadium, and Lacazette set it up.
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The Gunners had been frustrated by Cardiff’s shot blocking and tight zone for much of the early second half, and were locked at 1 with the Bluebirds.
But Lacazette’s gorgeous back heel flick of Mesut Ozil’s pass was smashed home by Aubameyang.
Following a Cardiff equalizer, it was Lacazette’s time to shine.
Played in by substitute Lucas Torreira, the Frenchman turned nicely before smashing a high shot beyond the hopes of Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Etheridge.
Aaron Ramsey returned to Wales in the win, the former Cardiff City youth excited to be home but focused on keeping Arsenal on the up.
“We wanted to take full advantage against the opposition today. We had a difficult start losing to Manchester City and Chelsea but we have bounced back. We know going to be difficult here, the crowd is superb, so if you give them any chance you can really feel the atmosphere, so we did well to overcome this.”
Cardiff scoring twice — they had yet to find the net this season — a real question for Emery’s defense, but the attack was electric. The two elite strikers up top may be his answer.
A massive blow has befallen Unai Emery’s Arsenal squad before the season even starts.
Left-back Sead Kolasinac suffered a knee injury in Arsenal’s International Champions Cup friendly against Chelsea on Wednesday night in Dublin, and has been ruled out for 8-10 weeks.
Kolasinac was removed from the game in the 70th minute, replaced by Ainsley Maitland-Niles. He was escorted off the field by the club trainer Chris Morgan, not seemingly in a ton of pain. Still, the team confirmed on Friday evening that Kolasinac would miss a significant amount of time.
The injury now puts Emery in a bind. Kolasinac was the only fit natural left-back on the roster, with incumbent Nacho Monreal only returning from his post-World Cup extended leave last week. Emery must now decide to risk Monreal, play 20-year-old Maitland-Niles until Monreal is fit, or utilize a back-three that leaves room for a more attacking wing-back.
Kolasinac moved to Arsenal last summer from Bundesliga club Schalke, and impressed mightily on the right, looking mostly composed (if a little clumsy) defensively and dangerous on the cross up front. However, the 25-year-old Bosnian international struggled with fitness his first full season with the Gunners, in and out of the lineup with ankle problems the second half of the campaign.
Thankfully for Emery, the news on Aaron Ramsey was better. The oft-injured midfielder was scratched from the game against Chelsea with a calf injury with warmup, but it sounds like the injury is not as serious as first feared. The club update says they are “still monitoring” Ramsey but that he aims to return to training next week. It’s unclear if that means he will miss the season-opening match against Manchester City next Sunday.
With a long-term injury befalling Florian Lejeune, Rafa Benitez and Newcastle may look to add to its Midlands shopping list.
Already expected to swoop for center forward Salomon Rondon of West Brom, Benitez is eyeing up $12 million Baggies center back Ahmed Hegazy.
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The Egyptian was one of West Brom’s top performers despite making his Premier League debut in August. Brighton is also being linked with Hegazy.
Newcastle has signed Fabian Schar this summer, who will join Jamaal Lascelles and Ciaran Clark in Newcastle’s CB corps.
The Magpies are also linked with Club Brugge winger Anthony Limbombe, who was capped by Roberto Martinez. They’ll only be bringing him to town should they sanction the deal of Christian Atsu, who is being linked with Huddersfield Town.
Peak silly season here: Rumors that Arsenal may be able to land Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona have a wild other side of the deal.
A report claims that Unai Emery could land the winger he wanted at PSG from Barcelona if he sanctions the departure of Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey.
Yeah, that’s not going to happen.
Ramsey is a pivotal piece of Emery’s Arsenal project and when healthy is one of the top center midfielders in the Premier League.
That’s not to say Dembele isn’t a prospect with the same weight, but why Emery would give Ramsey away to make such a deal is a head-scratcher.
While he’s nowhere near the high-profile superstar that Alexis Sanchez was for Arsenal, Aaron Ramsey presently finds himself in the exact same position in which his former Chilean teammate sat this time last year: fewer than 12 months remaining on his contract, and unsure where he would be playing in a year’s time.
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It can be argued that Arsene Wenger and Co., completely botched Sanchez’s contract and eventual transfer saga — the Gunners got Henrikh Mkhitaryan when Sanchez left for Manchester United — and Wenger’s replacement, Unai Emery, is keen to ensure history doesn’t repeat itself on his watch — quotes from the Guardian:
“I am very happy with him. Every training is with the ambition I want, working with quality and the competitive spirit I want. I want to work with him. His future is a question for the player and club. I said to Ivan, Raul and Sven [Gazidis, Sanllehí and Mislintat, the collective dealing with contracts and transfers] he’s an important player for me.”
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Emery has also offered up some insight into his conversation with another former Arsenal player, Jack Wilshere, while prompted the longtime Gunners midfielder to leave the club this summer and sign for West Ham United on a free transfer.
“It was a very good conversation very directly together. I explained to him my opinion and how I wanted to create the team and could not be sure to say to him he is going to play into the XI. He explained to me the decision is not easy for him but he wanted to chose the best option for him. I know this player is important for the supporters and grew up here in Arsenal, but I don’t give him one position in the starting XI and for that he chose to leave. I also respect this.”