The Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern have been crying out for the arrival of an effective deep-lying midfielder in the past few seasons, but so far their wishes have fallen on deaf ears.
Both Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny have arrived at the Emirates in order to provide balance and solidity in midfield which Arsenal so badly crave, but so far neither player has managed to prove they are up to the task. With Arsene Wenger leaving the club this summer, it’s likely that his replacement will want to put his own stamp on the club by instigating a major overhaul in the squad, so the aforementioned pairing could be victims of a potential transformation at Arsenal.
Arsenal have plenty of forward-thinking midfielders who are capable of producing moments of quality in the final-third, such as Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil, but they are lacking the presence of a defensive minded midfielder who has the ability to pivot in-front of the back-four and also contribute to the forward movement.
It’s a problem which needs addressing this summer with the purchase of at least one defensive midfielder, and according to the Daily Mail, the Gunners are seeking to rectify the problem by signing Jorginho from Napoli in a deal which could be worth £53 million.
The Italian midfielder (valued at £36 million by Transfermarkt) has played a key role in Napoli’s unsuccessful pursuit for the Serie A title this season by offering defensive solidity and creative spark from a deeper lying position.
The report claims that Arsenal will face competition from Man City, Man United and Tottenham Hotspur for his signature, but that should not prevent the club from making a bid for his services.
After failing to qualify for the Champions League for the second successive season, Arsenal are in danger of drifting into obscurity and permanently losing their place in the top-four, so they need to make a huge statement this summer by signing a handful of quality players.
Beginning a summer spending spree with the acquisition of Jorginho would be a perfect place to start, as he would provide an intelligent shield in-front of the back-four and a composed basis from which Arsenal could build their attacks.
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