Arsenal have had a very busy summer indeed, and it was certainly needed. Unai Emery’s task at the Emirates was, and is, always going to be a significant one, but he’s made the best possible start. A rebuild of sorts was needed at the club, owing to the stagnation endured under Arsene Wenger, and so bringing in a few new faces made a lot of sense.
However, despite the success, Arsenal shouldn’t rest upon their laurels yet. Instead, they should be looking at the World Cup and deciding whether any of the competitions best performers could do a job at the Emirates.
There were a ton of outstanding performers, but Nigeria star Wilfred Ndidi should be catching Emery’s eye.
Granted, Arsenal have invested heavily in midfield talent this summer, but Ndidi would stand alone as a unique option for Unai Emery.
He’s a combative and tireless midfielder with bags of pace, energy and commitment. For his club, he’s replaced N’Golo Kante, who has since moved to Chelsea, with real quality – and he is now one of the Premier League’s best central midfielders.
That fine domestic form continued into his spell for his country at the World Cup. Playing as the lynchpin of their midfield, Nigeria were able to impress the rest of the world with much more than just their eye-catching kit. They had a balance to their play that made them deadly, and they can consider themselves unlucky not to have gotten further in the tournament.
With regards to his personal qualities, Ndidi is, at his best, brilliant at breaking up play and springing it forward, and that’s something that Arsenal have lacked, and continue to lack. Whilst the likes of Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey and even new signing Lucas Torreira always have half an eye on the attacking side of the game, Ndidi is happy to sit back and defend.
He’s the sort of player that the Gunners can build around for the next decade.
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