Unai Emery has suggested that Arsenal may not need to spend big to secure a replacement for Juventus bound, Aaron Ramsey.
Emery has enjoyed a decent first season in charge at Arsenal having taken over from the legendary Arsene Wenger last summer, already surpassing the Gunners points total from last year, with the club still maintaining hopes of qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in three years.
Despite their improvement, former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell has suggested that his old club may need to offload up to 10 players in order to compete for the Premier League title, although Emery has admitted that he is unsure as to the level of transfer activity that Gunners fans will see in the summer.
“We have to keep taking steps forward and the club is working towards that,” Emery told Sky Sports.
“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.”
One player who will definitely be heading out of the Emirates exit door is Aaron Ramsey, with the Welshman announcing earlier this year that he will end his 11-year affiliation with the North London club after signing a pre-contract agreement with Serie A champions, Juventus.
However, asked if he was confident that Ramsey would be adequately replaced, Emery suggested that a replacement could come from within the clubs academy.
“Yes, but there are also players coming through from the academy who are producing good performances and who could progress,” Emery replied. “We could replace him with a player from outside, or with a player who is already here who can grow like he did himself.”
Ramsey may have already played his last game for the Gunners after being forced out of their recent Europa League win over Napoli with a hamstring injury.