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Pires says Arsenal are already regretting Aaron Ramsey’s exit

Arsenal legend Robert Pires believes the Gunners are already regretting the decision of parting ways with midfielder Aaron Ramsey. The Wales international left the north London side after the expiry of his contract last month and he has now linked up with Juventus, where he has the opportunity to secure regular trophies.

Speaking to Goal.com, Pires said that Ramsey has made the right choice to head to Turin after serving more than a decade with the Gunners. He added that the midfielder will need time to adapt to the new surroundings but he is confident that the Welshman will make valuable contributions in the final third, he said:“He made a really good decision going there. When you change country, you always change your way of playing and you always have to adapt to your new surroundings.”

“Aaron is a very intelligent lad, so he can adapt quickly. But his team-mates have to help him. Aaron already knows it’ll be difficult to replace [now-Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Claudio] Marchisio, since he played at Juventus for more than a decade. That’s why the fans will have to give him some time, but the goals will come — you’ll see!”

Denis Suarez was pursued by the Gunners on loan from Barcelona during the winter transfer window and it had been suggested that the Spaniard could replace Ramsey on a permanent basis this summer. However, he midfielder struggled to make any impression during the time at the club and that meant that the Gunners decided against taking the buy option available.

Since then, there has been barely any movement in the market for a replacement but things could change during the final four weeks of the transfer window. Arsenal are currently on the search for a new wide player and Wilfried Zaha has been earmarked as the prime target for the club. The Gunners have already failed with an opening bid of £40m for the attacker and they may have to double the package to convince Crystal Palace into a sale.