The Gunners finally earned three points in a Premier League match this season, after a well-fought encounter between Alan Pardew’s high-flying Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. With two weeks now remaining before the transfer window finally closes, Arsenal are looking to bring in some few needed players.
The need for a top-notch centre forward is what most Arsenal fans have been agitating for but for boss Arsene Wenger, a top quality defensive midfielder who can compete with Francis Coquelin is also on the cards. Mathieu Flamini has been told he can leave the club, after Coquelin dislodged him to be the Gunners’ first-choice hard-tackling midfielder last season.
La Liga pair of Sergio Busquets and Grzegorz Krychowiak have been named as potential signings for Arsenal’s defensive midfield position, as Wenger wants a player who can break play and start attack from the back. With moves for the Barcelona and Sevilla midfielders seemingly impossible, the north Londoners have looked elsewhere.
Reports emerged yesterday from Daily Star who cited French media outlet Foot365 that Arsenal have been offered want-away midfielder Adrien Rabiot by Paris Saint-Germain. The French footballer wants to leave Parc des Princes after growing frustrated for lack off enough game time.
In July, Rabiot’s mother claimed her son will be leaving PSG this summer, opening up a clear chance for Arsenal to pounce.
“Adrien wants to have a career at PSG,”Veronique Rabiot had told French outlet Canal Supporters.
“But it’s not possible. Are PSG trying to tarnish Adrien because we asked for a transfer?
“If Adrien leaves PSG, he is not leaving for the sake of leaving, he is leaving in order to play.”
Rabiot has been a long-term Arsenal target for a while now linked but the transfer has failed to materialise. The 20-year old is highly rated in France and he featured 21 times in the Ligue 1 for PSG last term, scoring four goals. However, he wants to move on as he is looking for more game time.
Metro claimed yesterday that the Gunners are lining up a £20m offer for the France Under-21 defensive midfielder. Despite Rabiot’s frustration of lack of opportunities, he feature from the start as PSG beat Lille 1-0 last weekend.
At 20, the Frenchman can only get better and it will make sense a lot if Arsenal manage to sign him. He will provide adequate competition for Coquelin and is capable of excelling in the English top flight. Rabiot’s versatility ensures he can operate in a number of roles including the defensive midfield, central midfield and attacking midfield.
Arsenal have been tipped to make a title tilt and Rabiot’s addition will surely boost Arsene Wenger’s team.