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Could former Arsenal midfielder return to the Emirates?

Just 12 months ago, Arsenal supporters were anticipating the exit of long-time midfielder Aaron Ramsey. The Welsh international played 369 matches for the Gunners and was the club’s talisman. His departure during the 2019 offseason was a major loss for the club and Arsenal have not replaced him this season in the centre of the park.

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Life hasn’t been rosy for Ramsey in Italy after signing for Juventus last summer on a free. The Biaconeri are in a dogfight with Inter Milan and Lazio for the Serie A title and Ramsey has played a bit part under first-year coach Maurizio Sarri.

Ramsey has appeared in 19 matches for the Biaconeri as competition for midfield places has been high. The Welshman wasn’t the only midfielder to arrive in Turin on a free last summer as former Paris Saint-Germain player Adrien Rabiot also arrived on a free of charge.

Although Ramsey scored on his Serie A debut, things haven’t reached the same peak on a regular basis. Like at Arsenal, Ramsey has fought a number of minor injuries that have sidelined him throughout the campaign. The lack of playing time under Sarri has led to speculation Ramsey could return to England and possibly to Arsenal.

Ramsey is not the only one at Juventus that could be cut loose in the summer. Sarri is under immense criticism and has met with club head honcho Andrea Agnelli about results, although those talks were dismissed as just “dinner”.

With the competition in the Juventus midfield and Ramsey’s inability to stay fit, it is unlikely the club will retain him in the summer. They will most likely make a nice profit off of him after signing him for free in the offseason.

The funny thing about Juventus is they do not need him nor did they ever need him. However, the Bianconeri have made it a point in recent seasons to snap up free agent players whenever possible. Rabiot, Emre Can, and Sami Khedira are three midfielders the club have signed on free transfers in recent seasons.

Can, like Ramsey, was overvalued by Juventus and Liverpool never missed him. It helped that Can’s Anfield replacement was the far better defensive midfielder Fabinho.

Arsenal would be foolish to sign Ramsey after losing him for free. He will turn 30 in the middle of next season and the injuries continue to catch up with him. It is difficult to count on Ramsey no matter how good he is when injuries constantly occur. Ultimately, Ramsey’s future in Italy will be dictated by Sarri. He could leave at the end of the season and Ramsey could be thrown a lifeline in Turin.