The Unai Emery era is fully underway at Arsenal, and with Champions League qualification and Europa League glory still on the line, it is vital for the Gunners to end the season strongly.
The fans, players and board members are expecting Emery to get the Gunners back into the promised land that comes with Champions League football, and qualification into Europe’s elite competition could have massive ramifications for Arsenal’s summer spending.
And there are some glaring holes in the Arsenal team that Emery needs to be prepared to fill in the off-season.
The Gunners have been linked to Villarreal midfielder Pablo Fornals by the Express as Emery prepares for an Arsenal midfield without Aaron Ramsey, who is set to move to Juventus, and Fornals could be a welcome addition in north London.
The Villarreal midfielder has been one of the few shining lights for the Yellow Submarine this season as the club, which is now home to Santi Cazorla, who sit just one place above the relegation zone in 17th.
Interchangeable in the midfield attacking three, Fornals could be the ideal replacement for Ramsey. The versatile midfielder is a direct force in the Villarreal team, able to get the ball forward and serve as a good link between the attack and midfield. Sound familiar? His playstyle is eerily reminiscent of Aaron Ramsey, and that is high praise for the 23-year-old.
Significantly, in today’s market Fornals could be a steal. With a reported release clause of around (£17.8 million), the Spaniard should be within the price range of what the Gunners can afford this season, especially if Emery can get Champions League football.
Fornals is a ready-built replacement for Ramsey that the Gunners should be focusing their efforts on acquiring this summer. Although areas of the first-team need major improvements, mainly in the defence, replacing Rambo should be equally as important.
And when looking for a replacement for Ramsey, none come so close to what Fornals can offer. The Spaniard is young at 23 with room to grow at a top Premier League side, and working under a coach as hands-on as Emery will develop his game massively.
Arsenal have missed out on near-perfect players for the squad multiple times in the past, and it is vital Emery doesn’t miss out on replacing one of the clubs most important players with someone who can fill his shoes perfectly.
Arsenal fans, would you be happy with Fonals as a summer signing?