Arsenal star is good enough to replace Xavi at Barcelona, says ex-Gunner

first_imgAaron Ramsey is good enough to join Barcelona as a replacement for legendary midfielder Xavi, believes Perry Groves.The former Spain star, 35, will end his career-long association with the Catalan club at the end of the current campaign when he moves to Qatari side Al Sadd.Luis Enrique has reportedly had Wales star Ramsey scouted ten times as they consider a £50million bid, should they find a way to circumnavigate their transfer ban.And former Gunners star Groves insists the 24-year-old does have the ability to join fill the gap left by the Nou Camp hero.He told talkSPORT: “Aaron Ramsey has the passing range and the technical abilities, and more importantly you have to have the mental strength to play for Barcelona because of the pressure you’re under.“[He’ll be replacing] Xavi because he’s going to Qatar. He’s been on the bench quite a lot this year. He’s absolutely good enough [to step into his shoes].“If you remember when Luis Suarez was going there, everyone was saying where does he fit in? How is he going to get in that team? If you’re a good enough player you’ll adapt to the way the manager wants you to play and you will force the manager to put you into the team.“If you’ve got Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic, they’re very good technical players but they don’t have the running capabilities of Aaron Ramsey. Barcelona are looking for something different and he will give them that.“He’ll give them something different because a lot of his game is based on his running power and getting up front to support Olivier Giroud or getting beyond him.“It was highlighted to me he was definitely good enough, for me, in the game against Manchester United at the weekend when he was playing on the right of a three and he was doing ok. But Arsene Wenger changed it and put him and Jack Wilshere as the two central midfielders and Aaron Ramsey completely controlled that game for 25 minutes.“He controlled it with his running with the ball, his passing range, and a brilliant pass to Theo Walcott for his goal, which was underplayed.”last_img read more

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