Arsenal hero Aaron Ramsey proving to be an expensive mistake for Juventus

Arsenal hero Aaron Ramsey is proving to be an expensive transfer mistake for Juventus.

Although the Wales international was considered a fine addition on a free transfer after he decided to leave the Premier League, that allowed him to request a huge pay packet.

The 29-year-old has only made 10 appearances in all competitions so far this season under new boss Andrea Pirlo, setting up one goal across his three Serie A starts.

With his £20.8m-per-year wage package, Ramsey has cost Juventus £400,000 per game so far this campaign, following eight separate injury problems since moving to Italy last year.

Ramsey said of his new manager in September after Maurizio Sarri’s departure: "We have a new coach, a new staff, new ideas and the players are very involved in this.

"I think we are having more fun than last year.

“The training sessions are hard but there is also a little bit of joy."

Before adding on their start to the season: "We started well but we still need to improve. In this team there are many great players, who can all play and help the team reach their goals.

"I'm happy to be able to play together with these top-quality attackers."

Pirlo had spoke fondly of Ramsey before he was called in to replace Sarri after he helped them to Serie A glory last season, which makes his lack of playing time surprising.

He said before the midfielder arrived: "He is a talented player. He is a complete player who can do pretty much everything. And he scores a lot.

"Ramsey is a great purchase. Juventus are preparing another excellent deal. He is a strong player and could do very well."

Ramsey scored four goals and laid on one assist under Sarri last season, and was praised for his improvement towards the end of the season.

He said of Ramsey in March: "He maintains that he needs to see more of the pitch in front of him, or he gets a little lost.

"He is doing well in this role, although in fairness he's also in much better physical condition now than he was when playing as a trequartista.”

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