It is fair to say that since joining Chelsea, Emerson’s career has not taken off.
He joined Chelsea from Serie A outfit Roma in January this year for £17.6m, in a move to bolster The Blues’ defence. Although he had missed the first part of the season with an ACL injury, he had been very exciting the season before in Italy’s capital, proving to be a versatile left-back that could easily play as a midfielder.
However, he only made seven appearances in all competitions for The Blues last season, and is yet to feature in the league this season. So it makes sense for the Italy international to seek a move away from Stamford Bridge. But he would not need to travel far to find his perfect destination.
Arsenal currently are struggling when it comes to left-backs at the club. Nacho Monreal’s recent injury proved what manager Unai Emery really thinks of last season’s second choice Sead Kolašinac, as he was overlooked for Granit Xhaka who filled in at full-back.
But with Monreal now 32, it is time they looked to the future, and Kolašinac does not seem to be it under the former PSG boss. Enter Sven Mislintat, the man who has played a key role in Arsenal’s transformation since he became their chief scout in October 2017.
Inevitably, Mislintat will have a huge role to play in identifying a perfect upgrade for Monreal, and Chelsea outcast Emerson should be high on his list of players to recommend to Unai Emery considering the enormity of his talent which is simply waiting to be unearthed in English football.
His attacking style fits perfectly with Emery’s philosophy; the Spaniard wants ball players all across the field, and demands a lot of his defenders’ passing ability. Being able to play comfortably as a midfielder, Emerson will have the skills that the Arsenal boss so desperately craves, not to mention his ability to get forward down the pitch.
It seems like a deal that is begging to happen, as the one-cap Italy player will not want to rot away at Chelsea any longer. At the age of 24, he could be a signing that ushers in a new era at The Emirates under Emery.