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Arsenal line up transfer for £21m “monster”


After one other season wherein they fought Manchester Metropolis for the Premier League title, Arsenal have a large summer time forward of them to recruit the gamers who’ll assist them lastly recover from the road subsequent yr.

It seems to be as if Mikel Arteta is about to welcome his first new main signing within the coming days in the form of Riccardo Calafiori, and there have been numerous rumours linking the membership to an entire host of proficient strikers from Benjamin Sesko to Viktor Gyokeres.

Nonetheless, the midfield is one other space of the staff that should be strengthened within the coming months, and the excellent news is that Edu Gaspar and Co appear to agree.

Primarily based on current stories, the newest participant touted for a transfer to the Emirates has excelled there in current seasons and will even assist Declan Rice turn into much more efficient.

Arsenal switch information

In accordance with a current report from The Athletic, Arsenal need to signal a central midfielder this summer time and have recognized Actual Sociedad’s Mikel Merino as a participant of curiosity.

Mikel Merino

The report claims that Arteta is a fan of the 28-year-old’s total expertise and, specifically, his ‘physicality.’

His age profile would make him an uncommon signing for the Gunners contemplating their switch exercise over the previous few home windows, however in response to The Athletic, they don’t see this as an issue due to the ‘relative youth of the squad.’


No worth is talked about within the story, however a report from Spain final month revealed that the Merino can be obtainable for €25m, about £21m. This would possibly show to be a discount, particularly if he can type an excellent partnership with Rice.

Why Merino can be an ideal signing for Rice

Now, to get straight to the purpose, there may be one key motive why signing Merino is an excellent choice for the staff and for Rice, which is the place wherein he thrives.


The Spanish worldwide has began in different positions earlier than, however the overwhelming majority of his begins – 241, to be precise – have come within the centre of midfield, not in defensive or attacking midfield, however proper within the center, as an eight.

That is an space of the pitch that the previous West Ham United captain began in 19 instances for the Gunners final season, and whereas he mentioned that taking part in this position leaves him “excited”, he has additionally admitted that taking part in barely deeper as a six is his “strongest place.”

Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice

So, with this in thoughts, signing Sociedad’s “monster” midfielder, as dubbed by information analyst Ben Mattinson, would enable Arteta to maintain his file signing within the place, which he has admitted to being his strongest whereas fielding an out-and-out central midfielder within the eight position, which also needs to see that space of the pitch enhance.

This should not negatively influence the staff’s assault, both.

In 45 appearances final season, the 26-capped worldwide scored eight targets and offered 5 assists, that means he averaged a purpose involvement each 3.4 video games – he confirmed his heading potential towards Germany as effectively.

This stage of output is just marginally worse than the Englishman’s common of a purpose involvement each three video games, from 17 targets and assists in 51 video games, and he did that in a much more efficient facet as effectively.

Merino’s season


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Lastly, the 6 foot 2 titan would possibly really enhance the staff’s total solidity as effectively.

In accordance with Squawka, he was the one participant in Europe’s prime seven leagues final season to win over 300 duels over the course of the marketing campaign – 326, to be exact.

In the end, Rice put in a high-quality shift in the course of the park final season when referred to as upon, however by signing Merino Arteta can get probably the most out of him by beginning him on the base of midfield and taking part in a star whose bread and butter is appearing because the midfielder that hyperlinks defence to assault – and for simply £21m, this switch is a cheap no-brainer.


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