Former Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey not wanted by new Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo

first_imgAdvertisement Aaron Ramsey struggled to make an impact at Juventus during his first season at the club (Picture: Getty0Former Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey has already been deemed surplus to requirements by Andre Pirlo and will be told to find a new club this summer. The former Italy international midfielder was named as the surprise choice to replace Maurizio Sarri as Juventus manager last weekend.Although he masterminded a successful defence of the Serie A title, Sarri failed to win the full trust of the club’s hierarchy and his fate was sealed following last week’s Champions League demise at the hands of Lyon.According to the Daily Mirror, Pirlo has already set about the task of re-calibrating his squad and is ready to let as many as seven senior first team players depart. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRamsey joined Juventus last summer on a free transfer from the Gunners, but struggled to adapt to Sarri’s demands and was hampered by several injuries. Advertisement Andrea Pirlo was named as Maurizio Sarri’s successor as Juventus manager last weekend (Picture: Getty)The Wales international started just 11 Serie A matches and is not likely to represent a key component of Pirlo’s rebuild. Both Tottenham and Chelsea have been mooted as potential destinations for the midfielder who spent 11 years in the red half of north London and scored winning goals in two FA Cup finals. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalMikel Arteta is looking to strengthen his midfield this summer, with the likes of Matteo Guendouz and Lucas Torreira set to leave, but is unlikely to make a move for his former Arsenal team-mate given Ramsey’s reported £400,000-a-week salary. Pirlo, meanwhile, is also willing to sanction the departures of Gonzalo Higuain, Sami Khedira, Daniele Rugani and Mattia De Sciglio, while Blaise Matuidi is poised to join Inter Miami. MORE: Real Madrid offer two first-team players to Juventus in mammoth swap deal for Paulo DybalaMORE: Cristiano Ronaldo snubs Maurizio Sarri as he breaks silence after Juventus’ Champions League exitFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 11 Aug 2020 8:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.6kShares Former Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey not wanted by new Juventus boss Andrea Pirlolast_img read more

Wenger: Ozil can deliver

first_img The £42.5million deadline-day arrival from Real Madrid has returned somewhat subdued performances in recent weeks, and was rested by Germany for their internationals against Italy and then England at Wembley following a minor virus. Nevertheless, Ozil will again be at the heart of the Arsenal team when they tackle Marseille in the Champions League on Tuesday night, where victory could see them qualify for the knockout stages. Arsenal produced the needed response after the international break, when they recovered from the defeat at Manchester United to beat a well-organised Southampton team at the Emirates Stadium – albeit with more than a little help from a blunder by visiting keeper Artur Boruc. The Gunners are also well placed to now progress through to the last 16 in Europe following their 1-0 smash-and-grab raid on Borussia Dortmund earlier this month. Any hope of Marseille extending their own European campaign, however, disappeared following a fourth-straight Group F defeat in Napoli, where they went down 3-2 on Matchday Four. Wenger, though, maintains their European results to do not tell the whole story for Elie Baup’s team. “They have quality, they are in a better period at the moment because they won their last two games and that makes them a dangerous team to play against,” the Arsenal manager said. “The quality of our concentration and focus will be vital tomorrow.” Should Dortmund draw at home with second-placed Napoli and the Gunners beat Marseille, then it would put the English side through and mean last season’s Champions League runners-up would have to be content with dropping down into the Europa League. That would leave Arsenal to then fight it out with Napoli to secure top spot and with it seeding for the knockout stage. “We know that tomorrow is a very big game in that final stage of the qualifiers. We have an opportunity to do it at home,” said Wenger, who will have midfielder Mathieu Flamini back from suspension. “You say 12 points may not be enough, it is true, but it might as well be enough and maybe already tomorrow, so let’s get the 12 points.” Wenger is hoping for a knock-on effect of a strong European run into the Premier League. “I always think to win helps. The confidence of the team is vital, in the Premier League the differences are so small that the confidence can make a difference,” he said. “We are in November, you are not in a calculating mode, you are in the moment of just showing that we are a strong team, and let’s improve. “We have still a lot of room for improvement and that is what is at stake for us, to become a stronger team from game to game.” Wenger has every confidence the 25-year-old’s quality will come through what has been a testing period of transition. “First of all, Ozil is a hugely talented player,” said Wenger. “He has just arrived here three months ago and overall did not have the best of preparations for the (Premier) League. “Ozil is a young player, 25-years-old, so of course there is a lot of room for improvement for him.” Wenger maintains there is no extra special demands placed on the German playmaker, who arrived in a wave of publicity and scored a superb first goal for his new club in the 2-0 Champions League win over Napoli on October 1. “We have plenty of players who can take the ball and play, but because he plays in the central part of the pitch the ball goes through him,” Wenger said. “However, we don’t put any special responsibility on him. Maybe he feels a bit more pressure to do that. “But we just want the game to be played like we see it and do not put any special responsibility on him because everybody in our team can deliver great balls.” Arsenal will soon see the best of club-record signing Mesut Ozil, according to manager Arsene Wenger. Press Associationlast_img read more