Arsenal Transfer: 10 Replacements for Aaron Ramsey
Arsenal's shocking 4-0 loss to AC Milan will force Arsène Wenger to evaluate which players are not pulling their weight.
Theo Walcott was so anonymous that Wojciech Szczęsny made more passes. However given Walcott's searing pace, Wenger is unlikely to relinquish such a dangerous player.
Mikel Arteta should make way when Jack Wilshere returns.
So that leaves us with Aaron Ramsey, who is a poor finisher, isn't a consistent playmaker and isn't producing the end product.
Why not play Andrey Arshavin in Ramsey's position?
Here are the top 10 possible summer replacements for Ramsey.
Adam Maher, Attacking Midfielder, AZ
Adam Maher is just 18 years old but he plays like a seasoned pro.
In a game against Metalist Kharkiv, Maher was an integral reason why AZ racked up shot after shot.
Arsenal aren't going to break the bank for Christian Eriksen, so why not take a calculated gamble on Maher?
He's already scored six goals and provided five assists this season.
Alain Traoré, Attacking Midfielder, Auxerre
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Alain Traoré and Dennis Oliech are the best outfield players at Auxerre.
Traoré operates more centrally, hence why he's been included on this list. He had fantastic games against Ajaccio and Sochaux this season.
The midfielder is a real threat from a set piece as Carlos found out during the Africa Cup of Nations.
Raffael, Attacking Midfielder, Hertha Berlin
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What's odd about Raffael is that for someone so technical, he loves to graft and pressure opposing players.
He's made 48 tackles this season but at the same time has been orchestrating the large majority of Hertha Berlin's attacks.
Diego, Attacking Midfielder, Atlético Madrid (on Loan from Wolfsburg)
Several years ago, Diego was a world-class playmaker who finally earned his big move to Juventus.
Consigned to flashes of brilliance, the Brazilian fizzled out at Turin and moved to Wolfsburg. However, he was a victim of Felix Magath's tough love.
Which brings us to his majestic performances on loan at Atlético Madrid.
He's the type of player that will enable Robin van Persie to score 10 extra goals in a season.
Clint Dempsey, Left Attacking Midfielder, Fulham
All he does is score, score, score.
It makes no sense for Clint Dempsey to be playing out on the left because he's played centrally seven times and scored six goals.
If Arsenal do buy Dempsey, he'd basically play as a second forward, but Arsène Wenger may play him out wide.
Dempsey's instincts allow him to get into advantageous positions to shoot.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Centre Forward, Saint-Étienne
Arsène Wenger is revered at picking up discards (Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira) and turning them into world-class footballers.
But he missed the boat on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
No excuses for Wenger because Aubameyang ended up joining Saint-Étienne, after not being wanted by AC Milan.
Aubameyang can play out wide and can also play as a deep-lying forward.
He was brilliant for Gabon during the African Cup of Nations.
Stéphane Sessègnon, Deep Lying Forward, Sunderland
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Stéphane Sessègnon didn't play well in a recent game against Arsenal but throughout the season, he's been a constant menace for opposing teams.
Not only can he weave his way past opposing players, but he has created 50 shots for his Sunderland teammates.
Roberto Firmino, Attacking Midfielder, Hoffenheim
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Some of Roberto Firmino's tricks are reminiscent of Djalminha. Firmino is so skilled but he isn't just a show pony, because give him space and he'll score.
However, he has been dispossessed 58 times and will need to improve his decision making. He is industrious when tracking back and is a competent tackler.
He's only 20 years old and assuming he keeps developing, he may turn into a world-class footballer.
Sebastian Giovinco, Deep Lying Forward, Parma
Sebastian Giovinco's size is an advantage, not a disadvantage.
Referee will generally side with the pint-sized dynamo if he is fouled simply because of his size.
He zigzags his way past opposing defenders, is a good set-piece taker, can dribble, plays accurate through balls and is becoming more prolific in front of goal.
Mathieu Valbuena, Right Attacking Midfielder, Marseille
How is Mathieu Valbuena not an Arsenal player?
He's the prototypical Arsène Wenger player: French, smart, technical and consistent.
One of the most in-form players in world football, Valbuena can play anywhere in attack and is a maestro when in possession.
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