Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit has advised club manager Unai Emery to sign Bayern Munich midfielder James Rodriguez as a direct replacement for the outgoing Aaron Ramsey.
Welsh international Ramsey will leave Arsenal in the summer upon the expiration of his contract with the Gunners.
Recent reports revealed that Ramsey will join Italian Serie A champions Juventus on a free transfer in the summer.
Former Gunners midfielder Emmanuel Petit spoke about Ramsey and a possible replacement for him during an exclusive interview with the Daily Mirror.
The 1998 World Cup winner urged Arsenal manager Unai Emery to sign Colombian international star James Rodriguez rather than Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez.
According to him, James Rodriguez is a mix of former Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas and Isco.
Emmanuel Petit believes that James Rodriguez would thrive as a no. 10 at Arsenal.
James Rodriguez is on a two-year loan deal at German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich from Real Madrid at the moment.
His long-term future is still unclear with Bayern Munich reluctant to make the loan deal permanent.
The Bavarian giants can sign the 27-year-old for €42m (£36.8m) at the end of the loan deal.
James Rodriguez joined European champions Real Madrid from AS Monaco in 2014 shortly after starring at the World Cup tournament in Brazil.