Arsenal will face Newcastle at St. James Park when the international break is concluded.
The Gunners have racked up back-to-back wins in the Premier League after a difficult start to the Unai Emery reign. Arsenal were beaten by both Manchester City and Chelsea before responding with victories over Cardiff and West Ham. With the Magpies languishing in the relegation zone, they will be confident on inflicting further pain on Rafael Benitez’ side.
Despite returning to winning ways, the form of Mesut Ozil will be a concern for the former PSG boss. The German was invisible against both City and Chelsea as well as being ineffective against Cardiff. The ex-Real Madrid man was dropped for the win against West Ham and Emery may be tempted to search for a replacement when the January transfer window rolls around.
One man he could target is Marseille playmaker – Dimitri Payet. Valued at £19.8m by Transfermarkt, the France international is no stranger to life in the Premier League following a glistening spell with West Ham back in 2015. Payet was shortlisted for the PFA Player of the Year award in 2016 as a result of his exceptional performances in England.
Despite becoming a key player for the Hammers, Payet returned to Marseille in January 2017 following the takeover by American businessman Frank McCourt who sought to bring their best players back to the club. His terrific showings continued in France with Payet hitting ten goals and registering 24 assists in all competitions last season. The 31-year-old continued his form into the new campaign with two goals against Toulouse as well as creating one during the 3-2 win against Monaco.
Payet has the quality to unlock defences and has already proven he has what it takes to be a success in the Premier League. Reports earlier in the summer suggested he had been offered the chance to return to England – Arsenal should do all they can to sign him in January and finally replace Ozil.
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