Edu identifies Thomas Partey’s replacement who rivals Takehiro Tomiyasu’s Arsenal surprise – Tom Canton
Arsenal have worked in the transfer market to specifically improve their success rate when it comes to signing players. Over the past decade, the club have struggled to see a return on the large investments made in players.
The likes of Nicolas Pepe, Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi, Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira, a collection of players who have cost Arsenal nearly £ 200million and which only the Swiss midfielder could hold next season. Arguably, the club should be looking to improve Xhaka as well.
The previous summer the club had spent a lot, but for six separate signings, which had a huge impact on the effectiveness of Arsenal’s squad.
Among the six was Takehiro Tomiyasu. Signed at the deadline, the Japanese international filled the post left vacant by Hector Bellerin who left on loan after stagnating as a right-back at the club.
Tomiyasu quickly became a fan favorite and provided fans with a reason to trust the recruiting policy instilled by technical director Edu and Mikel Arteta.
With the midfielder set to be ravaged by the Africa Cup of Nations and Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny set to leave, Arsenal could return to Tomiyasu’s former side to find another transfer gem.
Sweden international Mattias Svanberg is posing as one of Serie A’s most exciting young midfielders. A central midfielder by training, the 22-year-old rose through the ranks in Bologna before becoming an established figure in the league. ‘team.
With just one year on his contract at the end of this season, Bologna are expected to demand a figure in the range of £ 12-20million. Very similar to what Arsenal paid for Tomiyasu.
Svanberg can function as a number eight but also be more expressive like Martin Odegaard or a more reserved character like Xhaka. Its versatility and age profile match what Arteta and co were looking for in the market.
At the aforementioned price tag, it could be one of the best flights in the January window and provide Arsenal with the cover they need to deal with Partey’s absence as well as serving as an exciting option going forward.
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