Rabiot could become an Arsenal player in January
Arsenal will not have to wait too long to find out when the go-ahead will be given by PSG for the transfer of in-demand midfielder, Adrien Rabiot.
In what is turning out to be somewhat of an acrimonious ambience between club and player, the Gunners, Chelsea as well as all the others on queue to land the young Frenchman, will have to start preparing their opening bids as it is becoming ever more certain that he will leave the Ligue 1 champions in January.
Rabiot had reportedly turned down a contract extension at the Paris-based club due to what many believe are the lack of first team opportunities given to him. With the continuous influx of stellar names into the team on a regular basis, it is clear the youngman has taken the hard long look at himself and into the future.
As a result of his reluctance to sign the new contract, Laurent Blanc has banished him entirely from the first team, permitting him to play in the reserves so as to keep him fit and valuable for the buyers when they come around in the winter window. Blanc had previously said earlier in the summer when interest was intense, that Rabiot’s likely exit date would be in January, and now all we have to wait for is confirmation. However, we know we can always kick off the ground work now, as a number of clubs could easily pounce if any element of sluggishness is glaring on our part.
Rabiot is a wonderfully gifted player, with genuine traits of a world class midfielder in the making. With an admirable left foot, he loves to pass the ball in quick short exchanges as well as those long range chipped passes. A pleasure to behold in full flow, Rabiot has that sleek ability to glide past opponents with a change of pace similar to what we see from Jack Wilshere. While Wilshere is a little closer to the ground, Rabiot’s height gives him the stamina to withstand attempts to shrug him off the ball.
He will definitely be a great addition to the team, and unlike the Cesc Fabregas situation, Wenger will not be signing a player who comes with the biggest reputation and so must have to play or be kept on the sidelines. He is younger than any of Arsenal’s current crop of midfielders and rather than hinder them, they will be charged to lift their games so as not to be usurped by him from the team. You would expect that Arsene knows that this is one of the future generation of stars who will likely rule the next decade of football with the Pogbas and Alcacers, as it turned out with the Vieras and Henrys, and is in the process of happening with Walcott and Ramsey.
Wenger’s multi-lingual dexterity has seen him convince many players to join Arsenal by speaking in the language they understand. Rabiot’s French, so is Wenger. But more importantly, he is very much the type of player Wenger likes, hoping he sees him as one he needs – as we do. And quickly too because of the host of other clubs also vying for his signature in January
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