Aaron Ramsey was substituted during Arsenal’s win over Napoli on Thursday due to injury, and given the inevitability of his move to Juventus this summer, fears arose among the fans that the Welshman had made his last appearance in an Arsenal shirt.
However, speaking to Sky Sports in an exclusive interview, manager Unai Emery has allayed those fears to an extent, by revealing that the club expect Ramsey back in no more than two or three weeks. That means that, if Arsenal manage to get past Valencia in the Europa League semifinal, he should be back in time to play in the final of the competition which is being played on May 29, at the Olympic Stadium in Baku.
Emery also expressed his judgment that Ramsey may have been slightly confused by his contract situation at the start of the season and the fact that he was entering his last year at the Emirates after over a decade, but the progress he has made since has been amazing.
Arsenal are still searching for a suitable replacement to sign this summer, with Hoffenheim’s Kerem Demirbay being the latest name mentioned as a potential candidate.
Ramsey will certainly miss this weekend’s game against Crystal Palace, but the Eagles’ manager Roy Hodgson has a number of injury problems too. He will be without centre-backs Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins, while midfielder Jeffrey Schlupp, who was forced off the pitch in their defeat to Manchester City last week, has suffered an ankle injury of such extent that he is unlikely to play for the rest of the season.
Arsenal, of course, have a few players of their own who have been ruled out for the rest of the campaign in Danny Welbeck, Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding, but the biggest dilemma will arise once it’s over – do Arsenal need to replace Aaron Ramsey, and who with?
Arsenal can be backed at 8/15 to beat Palace at the Emirates on Sunday.