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Arsenal Might Signal “The Greatest” £35m Xhaka Improve

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Arsenal could be set to lose a fan favorite or two this summer time, however they’re losing no time in finding out a alternative.

What is the newest on Orkun Kokcu to Arsenal?

That is in keeping with the Portuguese outlet Report (by way of Sport Witness), which particulars Mikel Arteta and Edu Gaspar’s curiosity in Feyenoord’s excellent skipper Orkun Kokcu.

The Turkish worldwide has loved a standout 12 months within the engine room of the title winners, having ended Ajax’s Eredivisie monopoly in sensational trend. His midfield exploits have confirmed key, unsurprisingly attracting curiosity from some European heavyweights.


While the €40m (£35m) price ticket is alleged to have postpone Benfica, the Gunners stay within the race alongside Liverpool and Sevilla.

Given Granit Xhaka appears to be inching nearer to an exit, this might symbolize a nice piece of enterprise, to bid farewell to an ageing star in favour of 1 with a glowing future forward.

How good is Orkun Kokcu?

The Swiss worldwide has earned such widespread reward for his considerably surprisingly artistic position this time period, and this adulation could possibly be simply translated onto their new potential midfield common, who too boasts simply as a lot pedigree in entrance of objective as he does at dictating the play.

Xhaka scored 5 and assisted seven within the league as his aspect narrowly missed out on prime spot, while Kokcu as an alternative boasts 12 objectives and 5 assists in all competitions on his approach to the title.

This efficiency is married with a tireless grit, as he wins possession again as soon as and makes 1.1 tackles per sport too, meriting his 7.47 common score. It stays not possible to look previous his astounding 2.7 key passes per sport too alongside an 85% move accuracy, additional outlining his stage as nicely above this division, by way of Sofascore.

For all his advantages, the departing 30-year-old merely can not compete with these spectacular figures. His 1.3 key passes per sport feed into his admirable 7.01 common score, but it nonetheless stays nowhere close to that of his attainable successor, by way of Sofascore.

To additional emphasise the gulf between them, while Arteta was praising Xhaka for being a “actually vital participant” for the Gunners, Mohamed Sissoko has instructed that the 22-year-old is as an alternative “the most effective in his league”.

The previous Juventus midfield would proceed, likening him to a few of the biggest midfielders of this technology: “(Luka) Modric. For me, (Kokcu) has the identical high quality of play. He has the potential to achieve his stage.”

Such lofty flattery solely reinforces Kokcu’s place as an improve on their present engine room stalwart, who has admittedly performed nicely to revive a profession on north London that appeared lifeless and buried after his altercation with the fanbase a few years in the past.

Nonetheless, his triumphant exit could possibly be rapidly forgotten, ought to Edu swoop to safe such a succesful alternative with immediacy.

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