Emmanuel Petit believes Arsenal would be wise to make a move for the “quality” James Rodriguez as a replacement for Aaron Ramsey.
The Wales international is reportedly closing in on a free transfer to Juventus for next season with his contract at Arsenal to expire in June.
Therefore, the Gunners are in need of a new star midfielder with the club’s highest earner Mesut Ozil struggling to find his best form.
Young Barcelona star Denis Suarez has been touted as a potential signing with former Arsenal defender Lauren believing he would be a better option than James.
But Petit, who himself starred in the Arsenal midfield between 1997 to 2000, thinks otherwise as James’ quality is a mixture of ex-Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas and Real Madrid playmaker Isco.
The Colombia international’s loan deal at Bayern Munich will expire at the end of the season and it remains unclear whether or not the German giants will take their €42m buy option to sign him permanently from Real Madrid.
And Petit believes Arsenal would be wise to make a move for James.
“I have known James Rodriguez from when he played for Monaco and I think he is a very good attacking midfielder,” Petit told the Daily Mirror.
“I believe he is a proper No. 10, I like him in the middle of the park controlling the game.
“He has this quality – it’s a mix of [Cesc] Fabregas and Isco – and I think he would be a very good signing for Arsenal.
“If I had to choose between them [James and Suarez] – knowing the situation with Ramsey – Arsenal definitely need an attacking midfielder and need to get a player who has the personality to direct a game and not hide all the time.
“I think James Rodriguez is one of them.”
The French World Cup winner cannot understand why Ramsey would join Juventus in the first place and warned the Welsh star he’s making a “mistake”.
“I don’t want to be negative but I don’t know why he is going to Juventus, honestly,” said Petit on Ramsey.
“Serie A? It is not the Premier League guys.
“The Premier League is the best in the world, it is the most competitive championship.
“You see it every year, you have three or four teams fighting for the title.
“You don’t see that in Italy, in Spain, or France or wherever so I think he is making a mistake.”