According to the Evening Standard, Arsenal want to bring in Ivan Perisic. That indicates that the Gunners are looking to have a strong second half of the season, with the Croatian attacker undeniably one of Europe’s best players.
He was stunning during the World Cup over in Russia, and he’s consistently been one of the best performers in Serie A. He’s able to brilliantly merge the height and physicality of a forward whilst maintaining the technical brilliance of a winger, and that’s a deadly combination – and one that’s perfect for the Premier League.
He’d be a great addition for Arsenal, then, but he wouldn’t exactly be the perfect addition.
That’s because, truthfully, Arsenal have bigger fish to fry this month. Whilst Arsenal could do with a bit of improvement going forward, their real problems lie elsewhere, namely in the defence. And not Ivan Perisic, or Yannick Carrasco – who is being pursued as a potential alternative, according to the Telegraph – would solve that problem.
Arsenal have really struggled with injury issues at the back this season, with almost every first-team regular – from Hector Bellerin to Laurent Koscielny to Sokratis – all suffering issues of one form or another so far this year.
That’s really put the strain on Unai Emery as he looks to build towards a solid debut campaign in England. It’s always going to be difficult to build a side without a good foundation, and in having so many defensive problems, his foundations have been very weak indeed.
Even when the entire crop of his defence has been fit, he’s still had worries. There’s an argument to be made to suggest that Arsenal’s defence is one of the weakest amongst the top six in the Premier League, and that’s often held them back in big games. They just haven’t been able to prevent teams from attacking.
Make no mistake, Perisic is a great player, and he’d take the Arsenal attack to the next level. However, Arsenal need to ensure that they aren’t focusing too much on one player, because there’s other things that are needed at Arsenal. If they’re still dreaming of a top-four finish, the defence needs attention. They can’t rely on outscoring their opponents. They must sign someone at the back.
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