Arsenal to target Villarreal's Pablo Fornals in January to cope with Aaron Ramsey's exit

Unai Emery & Aaron Ramsey

Arsenal's 2018/19 season under Unai Emery has already exceeded expectations.

Many predicted a transitional season littered with defeats and lacklustre performances after Arsene Wenger's departure at the end of 2017/18.

However, it's been anything but, with Arsenal looking a real Premier League force once again and they've only lost twice all season.

The only story coming out of the Arsenal camp putting a negative spin on the season is the impending departure of fan-favourite Aaron Ramsey.

Arsenal will not offer the Welshman - who's scored the winner in two FA Cup finals - a new and improved deal, meaning Ramsey will leave on a free transfer.

It's hard to see his exit in a positive light for the Gunners, but Emery is reportedly ready to act in the January window to remedy his departure.

According to The Sun, the Arsenal boss is looking to activate Pablo Fornals' £17.8m release clause at Villarreal.

The Spanish playmaker has been a shining light in an otherwise dismal campaign for the Yellow Submarine so far in 2018/19.

The 22-year-old may only have one goal and one assist to his name in 12 La Liga outings, but his performances have earned rave reviews.

Fornals celebrates v Spartak in the Europa League

He recently played 26 minutes for the Spanish national side in the 1-0 friendly win over Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Fornals' breakthrough performance came away at Athletic Bilbao back on September 26.

The Spaniard scored a ridiculous 50-yard volley to open the scoring, while also producing one of the most outrageous pieces of skill in the same game.

You can watch both videos below.



It's hard to describe just how impressive that skill move is - it's almost three or four moves rolled into one.

Whether Fornals can follow in the footsteps of his current Villarreal teammate, Santi Cazorla, remains to be seen, but the signs certainly look good.

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