We have spoken all summer, in fact for the last few years, about Arsenal’s need for a good holding player in the midfield.
Expensive suggestions have been made for this role, including William Carvalho and Sami Khedira. But we are starting to believe that Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger is loathe to spend a lot of money on this type of player.
While he has proven that he is prepared to spend big bucks on creative talents such as Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, we have yet to see him spend tens of millions on a defensive-minded player.
Perhaps, after all this time, we should start to assume that he won’t. Instead he may look for young bargains to grow into the role.
One one such bargain has been mooted today. The Express says:
ARSENAL and Chelsea are set to battle it out for Adrien Rabiot after Paris St-Germain told the midfielder he was free to leave this summer.
Rabiot could be exactly what Arsenal need. A tidy, robust and skillful player who likes to sit in the engine room and make things tick. Not a goal scorer but more someone who likes to create for others.
The report suggests that the 19 year old could be a available for as little as £5m and, at this price, we think that Arsenal should take the plunge. Even if he doesn’t fit in you would imagine that Arsenal would be able to recoup their money on one so young, if they did sell.
Let’s take a look at the lad in action. Arsenal fans: a good option?