Aaron Ramsey has been told by Arsenal legend Lauren that “West Ham could be a great fit” as he prepares to drop into the free agent pool.
The Wales international is running down his contract with the Gunners, with an extension offer having been taken off the table.
With a fresh start beckoning, various landing spots have been mooted for the 27-year-old, including leading clubs in England and Germany – with Goal having confirmed Bayern Munich’s interest.
A high-profile switch is expected, but Lauren has suggested that a short trip across London could be the best option for a proven Premier League performer.
The former Arsenal defender, who formed part of the club’s ‘Invincibles’ squad in 2003-04, told Sportingbet: “West Ham could be a great fit for Ramsey should he leave the Gunners.
“He’s settled in London so he won’t want to move, but West Ham gives him the chance to get first-team football whilst becoming a leader in the dressing room.
“Ramsey has been a fantastic player and role model at Arsenal, but it seems like he wants to move on now.
“There has been mixed messages coming out of the club and he’ll be a great asset wherever he decides to go.”
Arsenal are preparing to move on without Ramsey, with the club having welcomed its own new dawn over the summer.
Unai Emery has picked up the managerial baton from Arsene Wenger, with the Spaniard asked to follow in the footsteps of an icon.
Lauren said of the new man at the helm: “Emery won’t be able to create a dynasty at Arsenal if he is compared to Wenger.
“If the club and fans expect too much from Emery too quick, then they are destined to fail. Arsenal need to start regularly qualifying for the Champions League again before considering competing with the top of the Premier League.
“If Emery doesn’t make steady progress over the next three or four years, then he will start to receive criticism, but his only priority this year is to get back in the Champions League. This is a new era for Arsenal who haven’t had a change for 22 years, so it’s going to take time.”
Lauren added:”I think winning the Europa League and qualifying for the Champions League would be a successful season for Arsenal.
“It would be unfair for the club or the fans to expect more from Emery in his first season. Emery has the experience of winning European trophies, so I expect Arsenal to be real contenders in this year’s competition.”