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Arsenal: Lorenzo Pellegrini ideal to a counter-attacking system

Arsenal: Lorenzo Pellegrini ideal to a counter-attacking system

Arsenal are in hot pursuit of highly-rated Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini to replace outbound Aaron Ramsey.

According to journalist Nicholas Schira, the Gunners are working on a deal to bring in Roma ace Pellegrini this summer.

In light of Ramsey’s departure, Arsenal’s midfield is lacking real box-to-box, attacking impetus and the Italian could well be the man to fill the void this summer after another successful season with I Giallorossi, in which he made 33 appearances in all competitions and contributed an impressive one goal and three Champions League assists in six matches (as per Transfermarkt).

Without wanting to drag through statistics too much, Pellegrini dominates Arsenal’s former servant in almost every department, according to WhoScored. Pellegrini managed on average 2.4 key passes per game while Ramsey sits on a solemn 0.9. In addition, the Italian makes about 33.9 passes per game again trumping Ramsey’s 27.6 and though Juventus’ inbound maestro ranks higher in pass success percentage, 82 percent compared to 80, we’d argue it to be a negligible difference.

ESPN’s scouting report back in 2018 noted the Roman for his ability to drive forward from midfield and help his side launch counter-attacks, tools that will be missing in the Gunners’ engine room without the departing Welshman. Obviously, he might not have been as prolific as Ramsey over the course of his career, but those kind of traits would plug a gap in their squad.

Indeed, some of the club’s best performances under Unai Emery have been while operating as more of a counter-attacking team rather than the kind of possession-based football Arsene Wenger had so long championed North London, with the Telegraph noting that this set-up against Tottenham at Wembley was a refreshing sight.

Arsenal have lacked creative spark in the centre since Ramsey went missing through injury and January loan signing Denis Suarez, the man introduced to add a bit of something, disappointed fans in almost every department – leaving without a single goal or assist in 95 minutes of football.

Arsenal fans, what do you think about signing Lorenzo Pellegrini? Do you think he could fill the void left by Ramsey? Let us know in the comments below…

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