Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has highlighted sensational Premier League star to replicate what his former star captain and compatriot Patrick Vieira did during his glorious years manning the Arsenal midfield.
Arsene Wenger will look to Newcastle for options to solve the deepening injury crisis in the Arsenal midfield, when the much aniticipated winter transfer window opens in 30 days time.
Not Cheik Tiote, but 25-year old French star, Moussa Sissoko.
Newcastle are believed to value Sissoko within the region of £15 million and could be open to do business with the Gunners in January according to Metro, despite him being a significantly key player to Alan Pardew’s side, with his versatility and vast technical abilities no small weapon.
Sissoko’s ability to affect the attack with his pace and ability to play in teammates means he is mostly deployed as a box-to-box midfielder or on the flanks, but the fact he’s been likened by some to Arsenal legend, Patrick Vieira, means he could come in handy to solve the gap in defensive midfield for Wenger’s team.
Wenger has been made to ponder if there is, indeed, a jinx with regards to the Arsenal injury record as the number of players fighting for places in the treatment room comes close to outnumbering the ones available for duty.
There’s hardly been any Arsenal midfielder who has been available for every single game in the League this season without having one injury concern or the other, and knowing full well the necessity of a consistent team in the pursuit for the club’s aspirations this season, there would have to be the search for the kind of player who will provide some solidity to the team.
Sissoko is one of the most in form midfielders in the Premier League at the moment, not necessarily due to his goals but because of his all round display for Newcastle. Two of his only goals for the Geordies this season have come in crucial games – the first being in the win at the Etihad in the League Cup as well as the winner at home to Harry Rednknapp’s QPR a fortnight ago.
Newcastle owner, Mike Ashley, does not have the reputation of holding players back when they are desirous of a move provided it comes at a good bill of health to his pocket.
As much as opposition would be expected from Pardew, there will be great motivation for Sissoko to join in January with the irresistible poison of Champions League which saw Yohan Cabaye leave last winter a possible factor to favour an exit, if administered in similar dosage.
Questions will be asked if Sissoko actually would suit the profile of player needed by Arsenal, as his physical features and technical abilities wouldn’t exactly check all the boxes for what is required for the archetype defensive midfielder of the mould of Schneiderlin, Carvalho or Khedira which the gooners mostly demand.
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