Replacing Aaron Ramsey is likely to be Unai Emery’s biggest task this summer in a long list of things needing to be done.
The Welshman’s absence will be felt next season when the club legend departs for Juventus, and fans will be banking on Emery to do his best to bring in a suitable replacement for Ramsey, and an option might already be at the club.
The final game of the Premier League campaign saw Emery hand a start to academy product Joe Willock, who has been one of the most impressive youth prospects this season, scoring three goals for the first-team and hitting nine in the development leagues.
The 19-year-old has been one of the most improved Arsenal youth players this season under Freddie Ljungberg and has taken his opportunities with the senior team well, and although he couldn’t score against Burnley, Willock still impressed against the Clarets.
With Emery having a limited budget for the summer and Willock already showing signs of being a potential first-team player, the Spaniard could take a gamble on the England youth midfielder and chose him with the task of replacing Ramsey at the club.
Not only will this add a homegrown player to the team as well as a local kid who the fans can get behind, but it also allows Emery to save millions he could use to invest in positions that need major improvements, such as the centre-back and wings.
Ramsey leaving is devastating for the fans and team, but in Willock, both parties will have a new star to be excited about and a youngster who can make a name for himself at Arsenal.
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