Arsenal could finally replace Patrick Viera with this £10.8m-rated midfield general next summer

The Arsenal fans were pleased by their club’s transfer activity during the January window last month, but they believe the acquisition of further talent will be needed to return to the Champions League next season.

The resident Gunners propping up our bar in the tavern have been struggling to come to terms with their side’s participation in the Europa League rather than the Champions League this season, and they are desperately hoping it will not be too long before they qualify for Europe’s most prestigious club competition once again. The signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has certainly done wonders for restoring the diminishing faith of the Arsenal supporters, but they believe further acquisitions will be necessary this summer if their club are to finish in the top-four next season.

Perhaps the main area of focus which Arsene Wenger should be focusing on is in central-midfield, as they have been lacking the presence of a box-to-box midfielder since Patrick Vieira left the club for Juventus back in 2005.  According to The Daily Mirror, The Gunners could be set to do exactly that next summer through the purchase of Watford’s highly-rated central-midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure (valued at £10.8 million by Transfermarkt).

The report claims that Doucoure is being chased by a multitude of the top Premier League clubs, but his ideal destination would be The Emirates Stadium due to Wenger’s influence. With that to consider, Arsenal would be foolish not to make his signature a priority during the next transfer window.

Doucoure is Watford’s top-goalscorer this season with 7 goals from midfield, but there are plenty more strings to his bow than just his goal-scoring credentials. The French midfielder has the unique ability to effectively influence the game at both ends of the field without compromising his defensive duties – a talent which none of Arsenal’s current crop of central midfielders can demonstrate.

The fact that Doucoure is yet to be capped by the French national side at 25-years-of-age suggests that he is not good enough to succeed at a top-four club, but his performances for The Hornets this season firmly disprove that notion. Arsenal are crying out for a player with Premier League experience who can offer a box-to-box dynamic to their midfield which has been absent for more than a decade, and Doucoure more than fits the bill.


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