The Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping that Unai Emery can make a handful of quality additions to his squad this summer to help the club return to the top-four next season, and recent reports suggest he is planning on doing just that.
According to The Daily Mail, Emery is hoping to make Jean-Michael Seri his first summer signing – a player he tried to sign whilst he was manager of Paris Saint-Germain. Nice’s deep-lying playmaker is one of the most sought-after talents in European football, and it would certainly represent something of a coup if the Gunners were able to beat some of the continent’s most prestigious clubs to his signature.
The Ivory Coast international has established a glowing reputation in recent years due to his excellent performances in Ligue 1 where he has demonstrated immense composure in possession and an extensive range of passing which is rivalled by very few players in world football. Small, stocky and agile, Seri is well-built to undertake a deeper role in midfield where he is able to collect the ball and build attacks with his creativity and guile.
What is perhaps most surprising about Seri is that Nice managed to secure his signature for a measly 900k fee in July 2015, and that fact is a testament to the progress he has made in such a short space of time. If Arsenal do eventually manage to sign Seri from Nice, Emery could be looking at a perfect midfield partnership by placing him alongside Ramsey.
Recent reports from Sky Sports suggest that Emery is planning on making Ramsey a key figure at the club, so Seri would certainly need to compliment the Welsh midfielder by allowing him the freedom to utilise his engine and accelerate forward when an appropriate moment presented itself.
Between them, Ramsey and Seri would provide a desirable blend of creativity, stamina, composure and defensive solidity, so there’s no doubt that Arsenal’s new-look midfield would boost Emery’s chances of becoming a resounding success in North-London if he is successful in his pursuit.
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