Former Arsenal full-back Lauren has named Borussia Dortmund’s Mario Gotze as the ideal replacement for Aaron Ramsey.
Ramsey has ended an 11-year spell with the Gunners by joining Serie A champions Juventus on a free transfer this summer, leaving Unai Emery with a gaping hole in his midfield.
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- Gotze notched seven goals and seven assists for Dortmund last season.
- His form helped Die Borussen finish second in the Bundesliga.
- But BVB have already signed Julian Brandt and Thorgan Hazard this summer.
- Arsenal talisman Ramsey has moved to Juventus on a free transfer.
- Lauren believes Gotze could be the man to replace the Wales international.
Lauren believes Gotze, who scored Germany’s winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final and has won five Bundesliga titles with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, could be the man to fill the void.
“Yannick Carrasco has been linked with the club; he is a very good player and is someone that Emery and his staff will be considering, “the former Cameroon international told bwin.
“Mario Gotze is also another very good player that has been linked with Arsenal and he could do a great job at replacing Ramsey in Arsenal’s midfield.”
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Gotze has suffered from a metabolic illness since returning to Dortmund in 2016 but, last season, rediscovered some of his best form, managing seven goals and seven assists in the Bundesliga, despite starting just 19 games.
However, with Dortmund – who finished runners-up to Bayern Munich last season – already signing the likes of Julian Brandt and Thorgan Hazard, Gotze may find his playing time further limited next term.
Even so, when asked about links to a move away from Signal Igunda Park this summer, the 27-year-old kept his counsel close.
“I always hear these rumours, they come up every year,” the 27-year-old said earlier this month.
“Everyone has their value and the club has to decide who fits where. I have a year on my contract and I am comfortable in the Bundesliga.
“I am very relaxed, I wanted to play a reasonable season, contributing with my performances and focusing on myself was important for me.”