Rabiot could become an Arsenal player in January
French young sensation, Adrien Rabiot has been the subject of transfer speculation for a long time now, with Arsenal being the team viewed as closest to signing him. Rumour has it that enquiries were made in the summer by a host of clubs, including Arsenal, about the possibility of PSG letting go the 19-year old midfielder. The manager of the reigning French champions had said that there was a chance that he could be sold in January, rather than lose him on a free next summer. This has put Arsene Wenger on alert with a move for the player now very much on the cards.
The French under-21 international has found it uneasy to nail down a regular spot in the billionaire club, leading to his refusal to extend his contract last summer. He has made up his mind to leave and with Roma the only other major rivals to Arsenal, it does appear that Wenger has not an awful lot to contend with in order to capture the promising youngster.
Arsenal are not exactly short in midfield, as a quick glance through the squad picture will show. Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain, Tomas Rosicky, Abou Diaby, Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini, Santi Cazorla and even Francis Coqeulin are all midfielders, and so it may be argued that it is more of a luxury deal than the acquisition of an asset. A second look at the above list of names will point out something quite significant. Diaby has never been one to rely on for a season’s campaign, having failed to finish a single one of his 8 seasons at Arsenal without being out for long periods on the treatment table. Rosicky is our man for the second half of the season, and though his immense contributions in the run in to fourth place has always been very appreciated by fans, his own peculiar injury record rules him out as a week-in week-out regular. Cazorla and Chamberlain have been mostly deployed as wide men, in which capacity they have continued to serve well. That leaves us with just Arteta/Flamini, who are both for the holding roles, and Wilshere and Ramsey in the engine room. Coquelin… well, you know better.
Rabiot, compared to all Arsenal midfielders, is of a different crop. He is able to play as a defensive midfielder and can equally be pushed a little further in the box-to-box role.
A player who could very much go on to be another Patrick Viera at Arsenal with a frame that is just an inch off Yaya Toure (he might still add some proteins considering he’s just 19), he will offer the Gunners a presence in the middle of the park which will not easily be shoved away. He also is a good passer of the ball, and is always ready to take the ball off players under pressure.
With Euro 2016 around the corner, he will be keen to make himself available for selection to gain him promotion and compete for places in the French National team. As well as adding to the overall quality of our squad, getting Rabiot will be a sure investment in the future of the club as he can go on to become part of the spine of an evolving Arsenal destined for great accomplishments in the not too distant future.
It appears to be a very possible deal and we must not take it lightly.
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