Arsenal Opinion: Arsenal have to make a move for Serie A star Luis Alberto
With Aaron Ramsey’s move to Juventus confirmed (Guardian), Arsenal
To make things worse, players like the Welshman aren’t produced anymore, i.e. someone who has that delicate balance between offensive and defensive abilities.
The box-to-box midfielder role is dying out and the ones that are available, won’t suit Arsenal given their meagre summer transfer budget (Mirror).
However, if there is one man who can replace Aaron Ramsey for Arsenal, it’s former Liverpool flop
Moreover, what makes him a perfect fit for Arsenal and manager Unai Emery is the fact that he strikes the perfect balance between offensive and defensive abilities. He arrived in Italy as a shadow of the player he could have been after what was a miserable time at Liverpool.
But things changed after Alberto saw a sports psychologist, and the 26-year-old improved leaps and bounds. He finally
Last season saw Alberto at his very best, finishing the season having produced an incredible 33 goals in all competitions.
This included 16 assists and 11 goals just in the Serie A, and it showed exactly why he can fit into Emery’s plans. The former Sevilla boss uses a similar style of play to what Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi does, playing out from the back.
And like the Lazio boss, Emery also expects all his players to do their fair share of work defensively, which is what Alberto has perfected in the Serie A. He arrived with incredible technical skill, creativity, an eye for a pass and lethality in front of goal.
However, what he lacked was a consistent output for any of his sides, struggling at Liverpool and Malaga.
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But like many before and many after him, Luis Alberto found consistency and defensive nuance in Italy. His time at Lazio has helped him not only perfect his offensive talent but