Arsenal have been handed a welcome injury boost during the international break.
The Gunners entered the international period just two points behind league leaders Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool. Arsenal were forced to play Fulham without talismanic playmaker Mesut Ozil though the German wasn’t missed during the 5-1 hammering. Fans will be pleased to hear that the former Real Madrid man will be available for the visit to Leicester as Arsenal look to make it ten consecutive wins in all competitions.
Also expected to travel with the squad to the King Power Stadium is Ashley-Maitland Niles who is recovering from an injury suffered in August. Doubts remain over Danny Welbeck and Petr Cech who are still suffering from hamstring problems. While the returning players will be a welcome boost for Unai Emery, the Spaniard should be scouting potential transfer targets for the upcoming January transfer window.
One man who he should be monitoring is Udinese star – Rodrigo de Paul. Valued at £10.8m by Transfermarkt, the 24-year-old emerged as one of Argentina’s brightest talents playing for Racing Santander and eventually sealed a move to Valencia in 2014. His time in La Liga left much to be desired, and later he joined Udinese where he has finally found his feet.
De Paul has developed into a crucial player for the Italian side, making 38 appearances in all competitions last year, scoring four and assisting eight. His excellent form has continued into the new campaign with the versatile forward scoring two and creating four in his first eight games. His showings have not gone unnoticed with De Paul recently making his first appearance for the senior Argentina national side.
Comfortable on either wing or as the number ten, he would be a wonderful addition to the Arsenal roster. Like Ozil, De Paul loves to pick out a killer pass, averaging 3.1 key passes per game in the Serie A this season; significantly more than any other Arsenal player (WhoScored). His arrival could mean even more goals for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the attack.
Landing his signature in January could be the final piece of the puzzle for Emery’s men.
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