Unai Emery Not Sure If Aaron Ramsey's Season Is over After Napoli Injury

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistApril 19, 2019

NAPLES, ITALY - APRIL 18: Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal recieves treatment for an injury during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final Second Leg match between S.S.C. Napoli and Arsenal at  Stadio San Paolo on April 18, 2019 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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Arsenal manager Unai Emery has said he doesn't know whether Aaron Ramsey will play for the club again following the injury he picked up against Napoli in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday.

The Wales international hobbled out of the contest with what appeared to be a hamstring problem. Despite his absence, the Gunners went on to win 1-0 on the night thanks to an Alexandre Lacazette free-kick, giving them a 3-0 aggregate success and a spot in the semi-finals.

Ramsey's injury was a huge blemish on the evening, though, and with him having agreed to join Juventus this summer, Emery was asked whether the nature of the injury means he won't play for Arsenal again, per Amy Lawrence of the Guardian.

"I don't know," the Gunners manager said. "... It is a muscular injury. Normally it is some weeks outside the team. He was in a very good moment, with big behaviour and commitment to do something important. His injury today can give us some matches without him."

While he struggled to cement a first-team place earlier in the campaign, Ramsey has been a crucial player for Arsenal during this key spell of the season. In the 2-0 win over Napoli in London, he was excellent, helping the team on their way to a victory with the opening goal.

James Olley of the Evening Standard noted how much of a blow for Arsenal the midfielder's absence will be:

James Olley @JamesOlley

That would be a sad way for Ramsey to end his 11-year Arsenal career if his hamstring injury turns out be severe. He's been excellent in recent weeks.

James Benge of Football.London hopes the clash at the Stadio San Paolo wasn't Ramsey's final outing in an Arsenal shirt:

James Benge @jamesbenge

I really, really hope we see Aaron Ramsey again in an Arsenal shirt. His hamstrings tend not to be the most reliable, best to get him off now and keep him safe for the run-in.

The Gunners would have been determined to make it to the final of the competition anyway—Valencia stand between them and a spot in the showpiece—but now there is extra incentive for them to extend their stay in the tournament.

Ramsey leaving the Gunners after 11 years on a free transfer is disappointing to some, and there is a lot of affection between the Wales star and the Arsenal supporters. The midfielder has been a tremendous servant to the club and has scored some key goals down the years.

Playing some part in a final would be a fitting way to end Ramsey's time at Arsenal. Here's Lacazette's goal, which put them a step closer to one (U.S. only):

Bleacher Report Live @brlive

Alexandre Lacazette sealed Arsenal's place in the #UEL semifinals with this phenomenal free kick in Leg 2 🎯 Watch every moment from the final day of the quarterfinals with the #UEL Highlight Show on #BRLive: https://t.co/7nzKBe0Qnp https://t.co/70dqbAv2YS

When it comes to the Europa League, the Arsenal boss has proved himself as a specialist:

B/R Football @brfootball

Sevilla 13/14: 🏆 Sevilla 14/15: 🏆 Sevilla 15/16: 🏆 Arsenal 18/19: ❓ Unai Emery bosses the Europa League 💯 https://t.co/WKAD5cGk40

Arsenal have options for the attacking midfield position in the form of Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi, albeit they are all different types of players to Ramsey.

The Gunners will also miss Ramsey for a portion of their Premier League run-in, as they seek to secure a top-four finish. They sit in fourth in the top flight, ahead of Chelsea on goal difference having played a game less.


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