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Could Edu bring star player back to Arsenal if Italian replaces Arteta?

Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal celebrates during the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals second leg football match SSC Napoli v Arsenal Fc at the San Paolo Stadium in Naples, Italy on April 18, 2019 (Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Aaron Ramsey is an Arsenal man.

When Arsenal bid farewell to Ramsey on the field at the Emirates Stadium in 2019, after 11 years at the club, he lowered his head and pinched both eyes in a futile attempt to plug the tears.

When speaking to Sky Sports afterwards, the 29-year-old’s voice was fragile, wobbly and from the outside looking in, you would have to question if the player even wanted to leave North London.

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According to Arsene Wenger, the Wales international was intending to stay at the Emirates during his reign [BeIN Sport], but it seems like Unai Emery’s arrival, combined with an impasse in negotiations over a new contract, saw the player leave on a Bosman for Juventus, a year after Wenger.

These days, Ramsey, who scored a winning goal in two FA Cup finals, can’t so much as reply to somebody on Twitter without Arsenal fans hijacking it and begging him to return.

And if one rumour is true, an emotional return to the Gunners might not be such a fantasy anymore.

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According to Stadiosport, Arsenal have identified Maurizio Sarri as a potential replacement for Mikel Arteta if results worsen and they have to part company with the young Spaniard.

This is interesting because Sarri was Juve boss at the time of Ramsey’s arrival and the pair seem to have enjoyed a healthy working relationship during the Italian’s stint in Turin.

Speaking in March, Sarri said: “He is doing well in this role, although in fairness he’s also in much better physical condition now than he was when playing as a trequartista.”

Ramsey averages one start per month in the Serie A under Andrea Pirlo these days and has been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur of all clubs in recent months.

And if – and it’s a big IF – Sarri does rock up at the Emirates as Arteta’s replacement over the coming months then it might just make a return to Arsenal that bit more attractive for the former Cardiff City youth.

After all, he’s an Arsenal man and going by his reaction to leaving the club, returning might evoke tears for a different reason.

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