Why Arsenal Should Go For Adrien Rabiot In The January Transfer Window
Despite Arsenal’s impressive squad strength, the one area that has been a real worry for Arsene Wenger is the central midfield. The French manager might have the likes of Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka in the central midfield roles but the pair hasn’t exactly proven to be effective so far.
While Santi Cazorla is currently out injured, even his return does not guarantee serious impact. Although Aaron Ramsey is top-notch in the attack, his defensive part of the game is always a worry. Jack Wilshere is injury prone and we’ve all waited way too long for him to become injury-free.
The midfield problems are clearly a worry and need to be addressed by the veteran French manager quickly. The January transfer window is just on the horizon and this could be the perfect opportunity for Wenger to go after PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot.
Santi Cazorla is one of the best midfielders to ever represent Arsenal and it is important that Wenger finds a worthy successor to the Spaniard. The 22-year-old French midfielder could be the ideal replacement for the ageing Santi Cazorla as he can bring back the lost fluidity that Cazorla used to offer.
Rabiot offers the same skill set as Cazorla and is an intelligent passer of the ball. Although he is just 22, Rabiot’s game seems like that of a player who has been playing the game for a decade.
Tottenham, who are also said to be in the race for the French midfielder, are said to be keen on landing the player in the January transfer window. But Arsene Wenger definitely has the upper hand when it comes to negotiations, given that he’s been in charge of the massive European club for more than 2 decades.
Rabiot’s £20m price tag makes it, even more, easier for Arsenal to pounce on the talented French footballer. A deal for Rabiot makes complete sense, especially with some of the club’s big names on the cusp of departure.
But it remains to be seen which area Arsenal will look to strengthen in January having missed out on signing another French starlet, Thomas Lemar. The 21-year-old Monaco winger was tenaciously pursued by the Gunners in the summer but no deal materialised.
It’s quite obvious that Wenger will need to replace Alexis Sanchez with a world-class talent and Lemar is definitely one of those players. But will it come at the cost of Adrien Rabiot?