Arsenal Opinion – Should Arsenal beat their rivals to sign Pablo Fornals
According to a report in Football.London, Villarreal midfielder Pablo Fornals has been linked with Arsenal and other Premier League giants – Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.
The 23-year-old was linked with a move to the Emirates last summer as well, and Unai Emery is thought to be interested in signing the Spaniard in the upcoming transfer window. (Football.London)
However, as per the report, City and Spurs sent their scouts to have a close look at the midfielder, and it is expected that the race to sign him would be heat up when the window reopens. (Football.London)
Here’s why Arsenal should beat their rivals to the signature of Pablo Fornals:
Gunners could enhance their creative department
Predominantly an attacking midfielder who can play as a support striker, Pablo Fornals can also operate as a wide midfielder on either side. He can also play on either wing if required.
Hence, in terms of versatility in the most important area of the field, the Spaniard is right up there. He is a manager’s delight in a way.
The 23-year-old has terrific close control of the ball and rarely gives possession away, even in areas where he is tightly marked.
He has an eye for key passes towards the forward runners, providing them at the rate of 1.6 per game in the La Liga this season. Fornals is not bad when it comes to dribbling as well, doing so at a rate of 1.3 per game.
The Spaniard doesn’t shy away from shooting from inside or outside the box, as he bids to always try to test the opposition defence/goalkeeper.
Off the ball, he is very good in putting his foot in for tackles and break up attacks in the midfield. He has made tackles at a rate of 1.4 per game, which is a good return for a creative player in the team. (Whoscored.com)
All in all, Fornals is a dynamic attacking midfield player who can offer multiple good things to the team.
Arsenal will be without Aaron Ramsey from next season and Denis Suarez is only here on loan from Barcelona. Hence, it makes sense for them to buy a creative-minded midfielder in the summer window as we still have no idea how much Emery trusts Mesut Ozil.
From the player’s point of view, he could enhance his career by moving to the Premier League and playing for one of the big teams. For the Gunners, they require more quality in the midfield department if they are to go that extra level to be a consistent Champions League team.
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For that to happen, beating their rivals to the signature of Fornals would be a step in the right direction.