Arsenal icon Aaron Ramsey is being linked with a move back to the Emirates after Mikel Arteta admitted Arsenal are in the transfer market for a midfielder.
Ramsey has only featured five times for Juventus so far this season and will be hoping to find a move in search of more game time at club level ahead of the World Cup, to make sure he features for Wales in Qatar.
Arteta revealed that the Gunners are looking to bring in a new midfielder in the January transfer window, especially with Ainsley Maitland-Niles completing a loan move to Italian side AS Roma.
So, if Ramsey was to make the move to Arsenal in January, what sort of impact could he have on Mikel Arteta’s side?
Could the Welsh midfielder’s return help Arsenal qualify for the Champions League?
We simulated the rest of the season with Ramsey in the Gunners’ squad and this is what happened.
We ‘signed’ Aaron Ramsey for Arsenal in January 2022
To set up this simulation, we used the Football Manager 2022 editor to arrange for Ramsey to join Arsenal at the start of the January 2022 transfer window, using FM22 to run the simulation.
This is how Ramsey’s in-game profile looks on FM22.
Aaron Ramsey is a versatile midfielder that can operate behind the striker or as a central midfielder.
Ramsey excels in his first touch, technique, off the ball, passing and dribbling attributes, whilst also having well-rounded physicals considering the Welsh midfielder is 31-years-old.
Let’s take a look at how Ramsey performed throughout the second half of the 2021/22 season after signing for Arsenal in January 2022.
Ramsey made a total of 22 appearances for Arsenal after signing in January, scoring four goals and registering four assists.
Ramsey averaged a goal contribution every three games under Arteta, proving that he can still be a crucial player despite being the oldest midfielder at the club.
His experience and ability allowed Ramsey to put in consistently good performances, averaging a match rating of 7.38 in all competitions, ranking the Welshman as the sixth-best performer at the club.
Ramsey registered a 90% pass completion rate and 79% tackle success rate in his 22 appearances, showing that he can still contribute defensively and maintain possession, suggesting he could be the perfect short-term partner for Thomas Partey in midfield.
At the end of the 2021/22 season, Football Manager 2022 put together an overall best Arsenal XI, based on performances, statistics and other metrics.
This is what Arsenal’s best XI looked like at the end of the 2021/22 season as predicted by Football Manager 2022:
Full Arsenal best XI (4-2-3-1): Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, Gabriel, White, Tierney; Partey, Ramsey; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Lacazette.
Ramsey featured in Arsenal’s best XI for the 2021/22 season, partnering Thomas Partey in the Gunners’ midfield.
So, how did Arsenal perform in the league and cup competitions after signing Ramsey in the January transfer window?
Arsenal’s results from the 2021/22 simulation
Arsenal finished fifth in the Premier League with Aaron Ramsey in the squad, qualifying for the Europa League and finishing ahead of north London rivals Spurs.
Ramsey’s contribution to the Gunners’ performances in the second half of the season saw them qualify for European football for the first time since the 2018/19 season.
Compared to last season, in our simulated season with Ramsey at the Emirates, Arsenal finished three league positions higher, two points better off and with a better goal difference of +6.
Overall this Football Manager simulation predicts that if Arsenal were to re-sign Aaron Ramsey in January, the Welsh midfielder could help improve Arsenal’s performances in the Premier League and see them qualify for the Europa League for the first time since the 2018/19 season.
Ramsey balanced Arsenal’s midfield and provided a link between midfield and attack, using his experience and ability to register eight-goal contributions in just 22 appearances for the Gunners after signing in January.
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Source by Football London