Unai Emery hints he may not sign a direct replacement for Aaron Ramsey this summer

Aaron Ramsey is set to join Juventus from Arsenal at the end of the season

Aaron Ramsey is set to join Juventus from at the end of the season (Picture: Getty)

Unai Emery admits he may not sign a direct replacement for Juventus-bound Aaron Ramsey this summer.

The Wales international is set to end his 11-year career with the north London club at the end of the current campaign having failed to agree a new contract with the Gunners who will lose the 28-year-old on a free transfer.

Ramsey, currently out with a hamstring injury which could rule him out until the final game of the domestic season, had been growing in stature in recent weeks, scoring vital goals against the likes of and Napoli.

Despite the void he will leave behind, Emery insists finding Ramsey’s eventual replacement may already lie in the club’s youth sides.

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‘Yes, but there are also players coming through from the academy who are producing good performances and who could progress,’ he told Sky Sports.

‘We could replace him with a player from outside, or with a player who is already here who can grow like he did himself.’

The likes of Joe Willock and Emile Smith Rowe, currently on loan at RB Leipzig, have impressed in cup competitions this season, while the likes of Bukayo Saka and Xavier Amaechi have been prolific at youth level, although they are nominally wide players.

Expanding on his plans for the summer, which could be heavily influenced by qualification for the , Emery added: ‘There could be a lot of movement in terms of signings and departures.

‘Or there could be a little, but first of all I believe there is a good base for the team already here.’