Arsenal back in for Ever Banega as Emery seeks Ramsey replacement

Unai Emery is pushing to sign Sevilla’s Ever Banega once again as he seeks a replacement for Aaron Ramsey, according to The Mirror.

What’s the word?

Major changes have taken place at Arsenal in recent months and there is no sign of things slowing down in North London, with Unai Emery understood to have made a bold call regarding the future of Aaron Ramsey.

After months of negotiations, the Gunners have pulled out of discussions with the Wales international regarding a new deal and the 27-year-old is therefore expected to leave in 2019 as his current deal expires at the end of the season.

According to The Mirrorthis has led Emery to eye Argentina international Ever Banega, who earns €81,000-a-week (approximately £70,000-a-week) according to Silly Season, once more as he seeks to reunite with a player he managed at Sevilla.

A good call?

Having already hit 30, a move for an experienced player like Banega is further evidence of the change in Arsenal’s stance since Emery succeeded Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium, and he could provide a boost to the midfield.

However, Arsenal fans will hope that Emery sets his sights higher and more long-term than the 65-cap Argentina international as he is not the sort of signing that would issue a statement of intent to the rest of the Premier League – particularly when a player of Ramsey’s calibre is set to be lost.

A better option would surely be Paris Saint-Germain’s own contract rebel Adrien Rabiot, who has put a host of clubs across Europe on alert after reportedly turning down a renewal with the French champions for the third time.

If Arsenal could lure the 23-year-old, who worked with Emery at PSG, to the Emirates Stadium, then their hopes of returning to the pinnacle of English football would receive a huge boost.