Why Piotr Zielinski to Arsenal makes total sense for Emery
Back in February, a report from the Sun had claimed Arsenal were looking at Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski as Aaron Ramsey’s replacement. However, a move didn’t materialise during the summer transfer window.
Piotr Zielinski, 25, moved to Napoli from Udinese in 2016 and has been one of the star performers at Stadio San Paulo in the last couple of seasons.
He bagged six goals and two assists in 36 Serie A appearances as Napoli finished runners up to Juventus. The Pole has started the new campaign well, completing 90 minutes in every game played so far in the Serie A.
With the Napoli midfield ace impressing in the Serie A, Arsenal should reignite their interest in him during the January transfer window.
Aaron Ramsey was a stellar performer under legendary coach Arsene Wenger but Unai Emery allowed the player to walk for free in the summer. In a bid to fill the void left by the Welshman, Emery signed Dani Ceballos on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.
Ceballos has impressed in the Gunners midfield, adding energy, liveliness and creativity to the side. However, the Spaniard is expected to return back Real at the end of his loan as the midfielder remains determined to succeed at Santiago Bernabeu.
With Mesut Ozil apparently not in Emery’s long-term plans, Henrikh Mkhitaryan farmed out on loan to AS Roma and Ceballos expected to return Madrid next summer, Emery needs to start planning from now on reinforcing his midfield in January.
Signing a player of Piotr Zielinski’s quality would be excellent from Arsenal’s point of view, especially when you consider the potential the midfielder has in his locker.
The 25-year-old has been a consistent performer in Naples, scoring six goals and assisting twice last season; however, it’s the Pole’s other qualities that make him such an exciting player.
Zielinski’s composure when in possession and ability to pick out a pass from anywhere is unmatched by most players in the Arsenal squad. He possesses positional flexibility, capable of playing anywhere across the midfield. He is quick, intelligent and has the vision to pick a pass in the final third.
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The 25-year-old is renowned for his creativity from the left flank but is also more than adept at finding the back of the net himself. The former Udinese schemer is a top player with the quality to shine in the Premier League. Offering goals and assists, Zielinski would be a massive coup if Arsenal do manage to land him.
Zielinski would need to quickly adapt to the demands of English football but he has the potential to reach the top. Thus, Arsenal must not hesitate to make a bid for the Polish international during the winter window.