Why Arsenal should’ve signed Daniele Rugani
Arsenal have started the season brightly and are sitting pretty in second place on the Premier League table after 2 games in the season. They’ve got a lot of firepower in front but they clearly still have a lot of work to do so defensively.
There were signs that they were still a little weak defensively against Burnley, especially in the first half and ended up conceding a goal after the defence got bullied constantly and Ashley Barnes punished them.
Arsenal did sign David Luiz from Chelsea but while he’s a fantastic passer of the ball and a very fascinating personality for the dressing room, he’s still not quite what the Gunners need to become a title challenger.
One player they were linked with – who has many of the attributes of Luiz but is far younger and has the potential to grow – was Juventus’ Daniele Rugani, who is also an Italian international.
Rugani has a big frame standing at 6 feet and 3 inches, which would allow him to be physically capable of playing in the Premier League and, at the age of 25, is heading into his prime.
He also has the legs that someone like Luiz lacked and is also very capable of building attacks from the back, which is something that is imperative in football today.
Rugani came into prominence during his time at Empoli under Maurizio Sarri and was seen as the future of Italian football. Italians are well known for their defensive awareness and while playing for a club like Juventus is a fantastic achievement, he hasn’t been afforded the game time that he should’ve got by now because of Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini’s importance to the side.
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Juventus have now also bought Matthijs de Ligt, who is the most sought-after young centre-back in the world.
It looks like Rugani’s not really in the plans for Juventus and Arsenal should’ve done everything they can to sign him
Arsenal will feel like this was a missed opportunity and we’ll know a lot more about their defence when they face Liverpool.