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6/8/2021 | 07:10pm
Arsenal might flip to Marco Asensio of their search to discover a artistic midfielder…
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That’s in keeping with Calciomercato, who declare that the Gunners are contemplating a transfer for the Real Madrid attacker after the Tokyo Olympics.
It comes simply days after experiences in Spain (through The Sun) urged that the North London giants have been main the race to signal him in a £34m deal forward of arch-rivals Spurs and fellow Premier League facet Liverpool.
Asensio’s Spain facet will face Brazil for the gold medal on Saturday, so as soon as that has been finalised, Arsenal might push forward to signal the 25-year-old.
Shades of Nasri
Edu Gaspar and co have already splashed in extra of £75m on three new additions however they nonetheless lack a alternative for Martin Odegaard, who was a brief choice following the departure of Mesut Ozil.
Asensio has struggled with accidents in latest seasons however stays a fan favorite, having returned to the facet with seven objectives and two assists in 48 appearances through the 2020/21 season.
That type has continued into the Olympics, the place he has been a daily and dependable choice for his nationwide facet.
Unlike an Odegaard or an Ozil, Asensio is a really versatile utility man. He performed nearly all of his appearances on the wing – 75%, to be exact – however this shouldn’t postpone Mikel Arteta from a swoop as he gives loads of creativity from the function and might play on the within if wanted.
In some methods, he might grow to be a James Rodriguez kind, as he typically dictated the sport for Everton from the suitable flank underneath Carlo Ancelotti.
This would bear some similarities to the way in which Arsene Wenger utilised Samir Nasri. By no means was the Frenchman an enigmatic winger however moderately somebody who might lower inside and pull the strings in midfield.
Across 125 appearances, Nasri supplied 27 objectives and 16 assists from midfield and was arguably one among their most gifted gamers of that point.
Asensio has delivered very related returns in a Real Madrid shirt, having contributed 37 objectives and 22 assists in 193 matches, as per Transfermarkt.
The £34m-rated dynamo is somebody who usually seems to be the playmaker for his facet, as he revealed throughout an interview, through Defensa Central. “I all the time attempt to make the distinction,” Asensio claimed.
Once tipped to win the Ballon d’Or, the Spaniard is an unimaginable participant on his day and one who has been described as “magical” by Los Blancos teammate Casemiro, while ex-Premier League midfielder Joey Barton as soon as dubbed him a “particular expertise“.
An common of 1.6 key passes per 90 minutes all through final season additional suggests his suitability to turning into a artistic affect in a Gunners shirt, particularly with Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe topping the charts with 1.4 key passes per recreation, through WhoScored.
Edu should look to safe Asensio this window. He might go on to grow to be the Gunners’ new Nasri – a flexible and artistic beast from out huge.
AND in different information, Better than Odegaard: Edu should sanction Arsenal swoop for £60m-rated “particular expertise”…