The buzz around the return to Arsenal by former players has increased significantly over the international break. One has already arrived at London Colney whilst another is being linked with a January move.
Jack Wilshere is building fitness and continuing to progress with his coaching badges. Mikel Arteta has said that the club is willing to help the former Arsenal man relaunch his career. This doesn’t mean he will be re-joining the club, however.
“What you should believe is that we want to help Jack prepare for his next stage, physically, mentally,” Arteta explained on Arsenal’s official website. “He wants to do his coaching badges again and we are prepared to fulfil all the needs that he wants. That is basically the idea and it is no further than that.”
Links to Liverpool midfielder and ex-Arsenal man Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have surfaced over the last 48 hours.
Arsenal are light in midfield due to an injury to Granit Xhaka and both Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny are expected to join up with their national sides for the Africa Cup of Nations.
football.london understands that midfield is an area the club wish to strengthen. A third former Arsenal midfielder is also on the market, which could tempt the Gunners.
Juventus and Welsh international Aaron Ramsey has become surplus to requirements in Turin, two years after leaving north London on a free transfer.
However, it appears that the Arsenal recruitment team of Arteta and Edu have already made their decision on the 30-year-old.
According to Italian outlet Calciomercato, Arsenal are not among the interested parties. Everton, Crystal Palace and newly owned Newcastle are the sides forming a queue.
This makes sense considering Edu has put into place a recruitment strategy to combine young talent and world-class experience. The club signed six players of 23 or younger in the summer and now are seemingly on the lookout for ready-made top talent.
Ramsey was an effective player for Arsenal, however, a combination of injuries and lack of minutes has seen the Welshman lack consistency.
Without a credited interest in the player, it appears that Arsenal have decided against signing Ramsey – the correct move should Arsenal want to continue on Edu’s path back to the European elite.
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