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5 Targets Arsenal can Get to Solve their Midfield Issues

There are a few issues with Arsenal this year, the most glaring being the lack of creativity. Without a true attacking midfield option in the team, they have struggled to create chances, which has seen them win only one of their last ten games in the English Premier League.

The January Window has never really been too friendly. It’s the middle of a season, and most top teams do not want to let go of their players. That being said, Wayne Rooney, Luis Suarez, and very recently, Bruno Fernandez were all acquired in the dreaded winter window, and they all had instant successes. Arsenal will have to hope for that, and here is a list of players they can go and get.

 

5. Julian Draxler,27 (PSG):

Julian who? Yea, I know, but once upon a time, Julian Draxler dazzled Europe with his twinkle toes and his ability to see the field. He was a Kevin De Bruyne-esque player, galloping his way in the middle of the park and imposing his will. His move to PSG has seen him relegated to the bench for most of his time there, but that just means a move to a “top” English team in need of a player with his abilities will be greeted with open arms, and he can be gotten on the cheap.

 

4. Emiliano Buendia, 23(NORWICH):

Buendia is a Premier League player, without a doubt. He’s a cool, calm, and composed presence in midfield and creates chances at an elite level. His 6 goals and 6 Assists in 15 Championship games so far is more than any Arsenal player can boast of. He can be another cheap reliable option.

 

3. Papu Gómez, 32(ATALANTA):

Papu Gómez is the best player on the list based on his current level of play, but his age makes him a tough sell. Papu guided Atalanta to a Quarter-Final appearance in their UCL debut, and his 16 assists last season not only led the Serie A but was the first time a player registered 15+ assists in a Seria A season in the 21st Century (per Squawka ). Rumors of current problems with the coach mean he could be available as early as the Winter window.

 

2. Christian Eriksen, 28 (INTER):

Eriksen is the best-case scenario. He has played in the league, he has played with a “top” London club, and he has made a UCL Final appearance. There is no doubt as to what type of player Eriksen is. Whether he played on the left or down the middle or even in deeper positions, he does his job at an 8/10 rate every week. He is a dead ball specialist and can add much-needed inventiveness to the Arsenal team. His move to Inter hasn’t been all good, and a move seems to be on the cards

 

1. Mikel Oyarzabal, 23 (REAL SOCIEDAD):

Mikel Oyarzabal is going to be the most expensive to get, currently valued at €60M (per transfermarkt.com), but he has the potential to be the best player if put in the right situations. He has the most upside, he has a larger skill set with regards to how many ways he can affect the game, and he is currently the captain of Real Sociedad at age 23. His relationship with Martin Odegaard last season was great, and he currently plays alongside David Silva (not bad company). The last young-ish captain of a Europa League type team that joined the Premier League in January was Bruno Fernandez, and we all know how that turned out. Sign Whatever the Cost!!!

 

Frank Ikwuegbu

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