The Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern are looking forward to a new era under Unai Emery, and they are hoping that he can use his past experience at PSG to secure the signature of a top quality midfielder.
Unai Emery’s arrival has been met with a mixed reception by the expectant supporters, but there is no doubt his history in European football makes for encouraging reading. A handful of supporters have raised concern over his record in the Champions League, but the Gunners need to take their rebuilding process one step at a time whilst they are not in the competition.
Emery will need to use all of his managerial expertise to help Arsenal return to Europe’s elite competition next season, but he should also use his past-experience to convince Adrien Rabiot to join him at the Emirates Stadium.
Rabiot (valued at £40.5 million by Transfermarkt) has caused a storm in the French media of late after he rejected the opportunity to be on the standby list for the France World Cup squad and, with no other commitments to undertake this summer, Arsenal should move quickly to lure him away from PSG.
At 23-years-old Rabiot has already established himself as one of the most gifted midfielders on the continent, but the fact he failed to make the French World Cup squad has clearly hurt him.
Taking himself out of his comfort zone at PSG and into a club like Arsenal who are no longer guaranteed a top-four finish could represent a decisive step which will enable him to work himself into international contention, and if Emery makes that point to his former colleague then the Gunners would have a fantastic opportunity of securing a deal.
The technically-gifted midfielder is brilliant with the ball at his feet regardless of whether he is dribbling, spraying a cross-field pass or simply keeping things ticking over. As a defensive midfielder, Rabiot also possesses the ability to anticipate the game and break up play accordingly, so there’s no doubt he would slot perfectly into Arsenal’s midfield next season.
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