Arsenal have an ageing midfield with Thomas Partey at 29; Granit Xhaka at 30; and Jorginho at 31. Bringing perfect backups for them could be the way forward, no doubt.
That is why it is understandable if Arteta wants to spend a fortune to sign Declan Rice, but we can agree the West Ham man is not enough. Arsenal may need a double swoop at midfield.
So other than Rice, who could this other midfielder be? As per multiple reports, it could be Brighton’s midfielder Alexis MacAllister.
Arsenal are among a number of top clubs keen to steal the World Cup winner from the Armex stadium. The Seagulls may be forced to sell this summer, and if Arteta goes for the 24-year-old, he might find it hard to reject a move to the Emirates, as Paul Brown tells Give Me Sport, “I think it would certainly appeal to him. It’s whether Arsenal need another player in those kind of areas really.
“I don’t think you would say that Mac Allister would get in the team every week. I think he’d put pressure on other players in the team, but I’m not sure he’s better than what they have.”
With so much squad rotation expected next season, Arteta may opt to employ the squad rotation tactic, which may see players in and out of his squad.
Thus, I see a player like Mac Allister, who “carried” Argentina in the Qatar World Cup, coming to Arsenal and helping them dominate not only the Premier League but also the Champions League.
Should MacAllister be one of the top names on Arteta’s shopping list?
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The Citizens players are ready made and there is no other player that would fit into our set up to Marshall the final third like the one and only Ilkay Gundogan available on the free in Summer.
Though the German is 32yrs of age he will be surrounded by mobile and Athletic players in the Arsenal team, that could free up the war chest to purchase either Rice, Caicedo, Zubimend or Onana.
Did we not just get Jorginho for that exact same scenario.
Jorginho was brought in to ease the work load on Partey and while allowing him to recover from injuries and burn out, mainly ito operate n front of the back four.
Pepe Guardiola once wanted him for the same role.
Now Ilkay Gundogan role would be different, he could be charged with the responsibility of engineering things in the final third, never for a minute discount his contribution in Citizens attack along the final third with teams low block. Set up.
If Arsenal goes on to lift that big mug which is looking more likely with each passing game, the German could be the perfect player to help with that defense of the title.