Why Arsenal must avoid signing Lucas Vazquez this summer
According to a report by Spanish news outlet OKDiario (h/t The Metro), Arsenal are interested in signing Real Madrid sensation Lucas Vazquez this summer. The report further states that new manager Unai Emery has submitted an initial offer for the prolific winger.
Ever since he took charge of the club, the former PSG boss has been quite an influential figure in the ongoing summer transfer window. Unlike previous years, the Gunners have been quite active so far and have already snapped up deals for Bernd Leno and Stephan Lichtsteiner.
But it looks like Vazquez could be the next to arrive at the Emirates stadium. Now, there have been reports suggesting that Aaron Ramsey could be on his way to Lazio this summer.
A player of Ramsey’s calibre would work wonders for the Italian outfit but if Arsenal agree to a sale, they will be left with a significant void in the middle of the park.
Ramsey has his set of shortcomings but on the whole, he has been a key player for Arsenal in recent times. In such a situation, replacing him will not be easy.
To that end, does a move for Vazquez make sense for the Gunners? The move sounds a bit odd on a fundamental level. First off, Vazquez is a winger by trade whereas Ramsey is a true-blue central midfielder. He has been a squad player at Real Madrid so far and undoubtedly, he will be keen to prove himself.
If Arsenal are targeting a move for Vazquez to boost the attacking depth, then perhaps it could be a good move for the club. But if the Gunners are viewing him as a replacement to Ramsey, it does not seem logical.
Now, one might argue that Vazquez is versatile enough and can play in the midfield as well. While that is true, Arsenal cannot rely on a part-time midfielder to replace someone like Ramsey. Over the years, he has successfully established himself as a central figure at the club.
In fact, he is a vital cog in Arsenal’s machine and he possesses the kind of heroism and skills that can often make the difference between winning and losing for the North London outfit.
While Vazquez is an excellent winger, he is not a good enough replacement for Ramsey. But if Arsenal are looking to boost their squad depth, the Real Madrid player could prove to be beneficial.
However, at a personal level, the deal is unlikely to benefit the 26-year-old in any manner. He will have the likes of Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ahead of him, meaning regular game time will be hard to come by yet again.
Hence, perhaps Arsenal should ditch the move for now and focus elsewhere.