Another Premier League finish outside the top-four, a humiliating Europa League final loss in arguably the biggest game in the club’s history this decade, no away clean sheets in the league, the 2018/19 season was quite a mess for Arsenal.
The Gunners threw away not one but two golden opportunities to return to next season’s Champions League, but in typical Arsenal fashion, the north London side crumbled when the going got tough, and in doing so face a summer of change were a multitude of players are likely to be sold and a measly transfer budget of a reported £45 million has to be stretched across multiple positions.
According to reliable Arsenal ITK David Ornstein, central-defence is looking like the position that will have the most construction done on it with Shkodran Mustafi continuing to make Arsenal a laughing stock with his calamitous errors and club captain Laurent Koscielny on his last legs after recovering from an Achilles heel injury, but help could soon be on its way.
Tutto Mercato Web report that the agent of Torino defender Armando Izzo is in the English capital to negotiate a deal between Arsenal and his client, who is coming off the back of one of his best seasons in Serie A.
The Italian international made 37 appearances for the Turin-based club last campaign and was able to establish himself as one of the most consistent defenders in the league.
Looking at stats from WhoScored, the defender averaged 2.1 tackles per game as well as 2.4 interceptions per game, higher than both Mustafi and Sokratis. Izzo was also only dribbled past 0.5 times per game and made 0.6 blocks per game, which comes close to what Arsenal’s centre-backs averaged last season.
As well as bolstering overall better defensive numbers, Izzo’s ability on the ball is also fairly impressive. The Italian averages a higher long ball average than both Sokratis and Mustafi at 4.3 per game; however, it is important to note his pass completion rate at 77.8% is 11.6% lower than what Arsenal’s towering Greek defender averages per game.
At 27-years-old, Izzo might not be the long-term solution fans might expect this summer, but the Italian will no doubt be an improvement on what Arsenal currently have and could be the ideal short-term answer to the Gunners’ defensive problems.
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