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Arsenal: Julian Weigl is the ideal midfielder for Unai Emery’s system

Arsenal: Julian Weigl is the ideal midfielder for Unai Emery’s system

With all the talk of William Saliba (ESPN) and Kieran Tierney (BBC Sport) potentially coming to Arsenal, it’s easy to forget that the club are still in need of a new central midfielder.

With Aaron Ramsey on his way to Juventus, it’s easy to forget that the Gunners are in need of replacing the Welshman who was easily one of the club’s most important players in past few years, scoring the winner in two separate FA Cup finals as well as playing 371 times for the north London side.

Replacing a midfielder of Ramsey’s reputation at the club will be a challenging ordeal, and although the rumours of a new central midfielder have slowly died down in recent weeks in large part due to Arsenal’s search for defenders, a new name has entered the fold recently.

The Daily Mail reports that Arsenal are interested in Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl, who the Bundesliga club are willing to sell for a reported £27 million.

Although Weigl has seen more use last season as a centre-back, the 23-year-old made his name playing in central midfield, acting as Dortmund’s metronome in the middle of the park and keeping the ball and flow of the game moving with intelligent positioning as per a scout report on the youngster from talkSPORT.

The German midfielder is different from Ramsey, preferring to sit back just in front of the centre-backs rather than break into the attacking third when transitioning, according to the scout report. Considering the fact that Arsenal used the 4-2-3-1 formation ten more times than any other system last season, the scope for a midfielder to sit in that engine room pivot is certainly there.

Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendozi can all operate there but Mohamed Elneny (Fotomac via KingFut) has reportedly been in talks with Fenerbahce, so perhaps there would be even more space to sign him.

Weigl has shown over the years that he can be an expert midfield maestro from the centre of the park as seen from his passing stats via WhoScored which show an average pass completion rate of 90% as well as an average of 68 passes per game, and a player of his quality would fit not only the Emery system but also the Arsenal philosophy of playing attractive football.

Arsenal fans, would you take Weigl this summer? Let us know!

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