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Robert Pires praises Aaron Ramsey’s move to Juventus

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Aaron Ramsey’s decision to leave Arsenal in favour of a summer switch to Juventus is a good call and could lead him to Champions League glory, reckons Robert Pires.

After talks over a contract extension at Arsenal broke down, Ramsey signed up for Juventus on a free transfer this summer.

It ended an 11-year spell at the Emirates Stadium, which had seen Ramsey memorably score winners in two of his three FA Cup triumphs. Also, the 28-year-old managed an impressive 65 goals and assists in 371 appearances.

Now, the Welsh midfielder will look to carry on his Arsenal form over at Juventus next season for his first campaign outside of England.

But Gunners legend Pires is confident the Bianconeri’s newest No 8 will be up for the challenge in Turin and tipped him as a decent replacement for Claudio Marchisio.

“I don’t think it’s an opportunity but rather a great chance for him to play for a big club like the Bianconeri,” he told Tutto Juve on Ramsey.

“Tactically Aaron will have a lot to learn, but technically he’ll keep developing every day alongside some great players. He made a really good decision going there.

“When you change country, you always change your way of playing and you always have to adapt to your new surroundings.

“Aaron is a very intelligent lad so he can adapt quickly, but his teammates have to help him.

“Arsenal are already regretting his transfer because he was a really important player for them.

“Aaron already knows it’ll be difficult to replace Marchisio, since he played at Juventus for more than a decade.

“That’s why the fans will have to give him some time and they’ll have to wait for him, but the goals will come, you’ll see!

“Juve can win the Champions League next season, above all if they sign [Adrien] Rabiot and Paul [Pogba] too.”

Ramsey may make his Juventus debut in the International Champions Cup (ICC) against Tottenham in Singapore on July 21.

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 30: Robert Pires warms up during an Arsenal training session ahead of their Champions League Group F match against Napoli at London Colney on September 30, 2013 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)