Martin Keown predicts three ways Unai Emery will cope without Aaron Ramsey

Unai Emery must decide how best to cope without the injured Aaron Ramsey (Picture: Getty)

Martin Keown admits Unai Emery faces an unenviable task as the Arsenal manager attempts to find a solution to Aaron Ramsey’s potentially season-ending injury.

The Wales international, who is set to join Juventus on a free transfer this summer, strained his hamstring just past the half hour mark in his side’s Europa League quarter final second leg win over Napoli on Thursday.

Ramsey has been in sublime form over the course of the last month, intent of finishing his 11-year Arsenal career on a high but could now be robbed of a fairy tail ending, depending on the severity of the injury.

After he was forced off at the San Paolo Stadium, Emery opted to introduce Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who was named the club’s player of the month for March, opting to keep Mesut Ozil on the bench ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace.

Mesut Ozil was an unused substitute in the win against Napoli (Picture: Getty)

Keown is unsure Emery will be able to rely on two of his most creative, and inconsistent, players during the run-in as Arsenal look to secure Champions League qualification and could be forced into a change of system.

He said: ‘Now the dust settles that’s a huge loss because there’s the top four to aim for, there’s a final to get to, to try and go one better than they did last year.

‘But it’s going to be tough without him [Ramsey] they have to find the right solution to playing without him.

‘Is it going to be Ozil, is it going to be Mkhitaryan, or does he change the system?

‘There’s a lot to think about for the manager on a night when he can be really pleased with his team’s work.’


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