Arsenal linked with Spanish international to replace Ramsey

There has been an amazing amount of Arsenal transfer rumours speculating on who the Gunners are intending to bring in to replace Aaron Ramsey, and the latest name on the agenda on Villarreal’s Pablo Fornals. The 22 year-old has made 2 appearances for the Spain national side and is extremely highly-rated in his home country.

The Sun has taken this story from the Spanish publication Sport, and they have reported this….

CASH-STRAPPED Arsenal are eyeing a move for Villarreal midfielder Pablo Fornals, according to reports.

The 22-year-old is believed to have a £28.5million release clause in his contract.

Fornals has been one of the few positives at Villarreal this season, who are currently three points away from safety in La Liga.

The midfielder has scored three goals for the Spanish side – including a marvellous 40-yard volley against Athletic Bilbao – and assisted in four in the current campaign.

And now Sport report that Fornals have been “on the agenda” of Unai Emery, who is determined to bolster his midfield in the light of Aaron Ramsey’s move to Juventus


Despite being only 22, Fornals has made great strides since joining Villarreal from Malaga 18 months ago, and is spoken of as a star of the future, but Arsenal will surely have a lot of competition for his signature, especially if we don’t make the Champions League yet again, but he certainly seems like a good prospect if we could make a deal with Villarreal….



  1. He used to be rumored as an Arsenal’s target with a merely ten millions, but now his price tag has bloated

    He just produced one goal and two assists in La Liga so far. Hence I reckon him as a Cazorla’s or Xhaka’s replacement in deep midfield area, instead of being a direct competitor of Ozil in no 10 position

    Arsenal should have chased a more productive and faster creative midfielder to bolster the dull ones, preferably in the mold of Pogba or Eriksen (both of them combined have produced fifteen EPL assists)

    1. I remember his name coming up loads of times, and it was Wenger steering the ship. I have a feeling that this lad is a slight and diminutive player, good with his feet, decent passer, but not much backbone. I could be wrong, maybe someone could enlighten me. I was kinda hoping that Arsenal fans would get a huge surprise when replacing Ramsey. I know everyone is not a fan, but Arsenal usually choose the cheap option and the cheap option would be to give Ramsey a good salary. Also he’s home grown and PL proven, probably not good enough to be a starter for us but that is only if we do improve our squad, he’d still have been a good squad player. Not sure if this Fornals fellow is a target or not, but I was hoping for more, teams could’ve snapped him up easy if they wanted him enough.

      1. I don’t think Fornals would come, because he is one of Villareal’s main players and his buyout price is too high for a lesser known player in January transfer window

        What would most likely happen are the loan deals for Barcelona’s fringe players

  2. Am still expecting to hear or to read that arsenal are interested in Pele and Maradona or Platini. Since our dear club arsenal have interest in all the present available players but find it difficult to bring in anybody either loan or buy. What a club

    1. Don’t start knocking the club they have already said they are not keen on the January window wait and see before you start moaning we have a great manager give him time

  3. We are becoming a joke of a club with our transfer business. Arsenal can’t just identify their target and go all out for him. Moving from one average player to another without signing any even when the need to strengthen our squad is so glaring. I won’t be surprise if at the end of the window no player joins us. Oh my darling Arsenal why?

    1. But, but, but, but I thought it was all Wengers faults according to you guys? I guess even whilst he is sitting at home in his slippers smoking a pipe it’s still his fault for our club having no money spend?

      1. As Malcolm Townsend states, the January window is always difficult (Aubameyang the exception). The only CB who I have seen who is possibly available is 34yo Gary Cahill.

  4. IMO Anyone who knows football isn’t going to be saying Ramsey is an average player. He has heart, goals (some outrageous) technical ability an engine that don’t stop and he has at times been glorious for AFC.

    Juve must be running their hands with the promise of getting a player who was aloud to get out of contract because he was asking too much while ozil who does pretty much sweet FA is given a bumper contract. Juve, Barca and psg have registered interest in our freebie average player because they aren’t stupid.

    One half of our new age crack team for player acquisition has jumped ship because he felt he had no control and probably realised with tight arse moneyball self sustaining Kroenke we could never get the players we need.

    Instead we look for a young loan signing of lesser quality and experience than Ramsey.

    6th richest club in the world and we can only get loanees in a transfer window. Paints the whole dad story!

    1. I agree, Ramsey has some fine qualities. However, if we are to build a squad that can rival City, Che, Manu, Liv, for the biggest prizes. I believe Ramsey’s best place would be a squad player, mixing it up differently, a different option so to speak. You know he’s direct, you know whether looking for a goal, or trying to hold onto an advantage, he can come in and help out in either of those situations. It’s why I like him allot, he’s rounded, and if given instruction, he will give everything he has, that you ask of him. Emery would’ve liked to have kept him, I’d imagine, for similar reasons. Though, he might feel that this is too much money to give for someone he sees as a strong squad member, but not in his starting team plans.

      1. Sure..that’s why it gets my back up when ozil was offered such a huge contract non correlative to his effort, influence and impact on the team.

        He is a total bloatware luxury player.

        But as I said whilst Kroenke is at the helm we wall always be making do and being almost rans.

    2. juventus will be finding out very quickly what an average footballer he is … happy to see him go … but will the greedy yank invest in genuine quality … have my doubts

    3. It is the most ridiculous situation ever, even for Arsenal.

      Ramsey wasn’t given the money he wanted because of Ozil and now Ozil can’t get a game, because he is being kept out of the team by Ramsey….


  5. After even failing to bring in a player on loun what abou t the one that needs cash? mhumhumhu.May GOD bless the gosts who always console us with lairs.

  6. Yes, when Juventus show interest in a player on a free, they always choose top quality.

    That’s why they took Bendtner on loan from us. LOL

    Why no interest in Ramsey when it involved paying a fee? Any fee, even a small one like it was in the summer when he had 1 year left on his contract… No top club showed interest when it wasn’t a free transfer.

    The reasons? Ramsey is an excellent player, but
    1. plays about 25 games per year
    2. Is only quality as a box-to-box player, a position not favored by most managers nowadays, at least not in the starting line-up
    3. Had 1 really good season thus far

    BTW, do we scout based on games’ databases now that Sven is gone? If you check Ramsey in PES stats database, the 1st player suggested as ‘similar players’ is Fornals. LOL

  7. Pablo Fornals is a fine midfield prospect at 22 yo, who has played for a Spanish National Team, blessed with great midfielders (thus difficult to break into).
    I would have been happy if Arsenal had of got him when he was at Malaga.
    If he came to Arsenal at his age and ability, he would either be a success or have good resale value.

  8. Agree Ozziegunner.Very talented midfielder who would be an ideal replacement for Ramsay in the summer window.Right pedigree,right age and will be well known to Emery.

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