If Nico Barella joins Arsenal in 2019, these 2 players need to follow him

If Nico Barella joins Arsenal in 2019, these 2 players need to follow him

Arsenal are experiencing a resurgence under their new boss, Unai Emery, which is perhaps going better than any Gunner could have hoped for. With the club clearly heading in the right direction, we look at some of the possible transfers arriving in 2019 that could further improve their chances of a successful title challenge.

Indeed, it isn’t every day you get dubbed ‘one of the best in Italy’ by Andrea Pirlo, but that’s exactly what Nico Barella has achieved. Currently on the books of Serie A side Cagliari and linked with the Gunners in Gazzetta via Sport Witness Barella has made a name for himself in his home nation a player who possesses just about every characteristic you could want from a centre-midfield player.

Since the start of the 17/18 season, only two other players have won more tackles than the Italian ace – Nico Barella (74), Lucas Leiva (87) and Allan (82); not to mention his ability on the ball, goal scoring prowess, and tenacious box-to-box style of play.

Cristiano Biraghi

Biraghi has recently been in the headlines for his injury-time winner in the Azzurri’s Nations League match against Poland, and links away from current club Fiorentina, whom he captains, to boyhood club Inter Milan. Biraghi plays left-back for both club and country, which is, admittedly, a position currently occupied by the Spaniard Nacho Monreal.

However, at 32-years-of-age, it is evident that the current defender is heading into the latter stages of his career, and we’d expect that, should Biraghi make the switch, he’d end up establishing himself in the starting lineup fairly quickly.

Arsenal fans can expect excellent crossing ability, strong defensive work – particularly tackling -, and an astute footballing brain that has so commonly been associated with Italian footballers.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Loftus-Cheek was undoubtedly one of England’s best talents last season, after putting in a number of quality performances for Crystal Palace. Upon returning to Chelsea, however, he has seen his play time reduced massively, and, like many young players before him, may have to seek a move away from Stamford Bridge to revive his career.

In an unlikely switch, ESPN have reported that Arsenal could offer the midfielder a lifeline, come January. Although this move would only be on a temporary basis, it certainly gives the player a chance to excel in a creative side under a manager who has already worked wonders for young talents, such as Alex Iwobi.

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