Arsenal need creativity
One of Arsenal’s biggest issues during the first half of the 2020/21 campaign was their lack of creativity.
The emergence of Emile Smith Rowe in December helped to resolve this issue somewhat. But it remains clear that Arsenal cannot rely solely on ESR over the course of a full season, which sees them competing in several competitions.
This led to the Gunners securing the services of Martin Odegaard during the winter transfer window.
And the Norwegian indeed brought a new dimension to Arsenal’s attack, with his versatility having allowed Odegaard to line up alongside Smith Rowe, or in his place when needed.
Odegaard, though, has now returned to Real Madrid, meaning Arsenal’s search for creative reinforcements has begun again.
The Gunners previously expressed an interest in Emi Buendia, but he has since joined Aston Villa.
Arteta a fan of Maddison
Arsenal’s search for creativity in midfield, though, has since continued.
And on Tuesday evening, a new potential target has been name-dropped, courtesy of The AFC Bell – also first to report the Gunners’ interest in Thomas Partey last year.
The Bell claims that Arsenal are interested in the services of Leicester’s James Maddison:
تكشّف لجرس أرسنال أن أحد اللاعبين أ/أ+ الذين تواصل النادي مع معسكراتهم في الأشهر الماضية هو جيمس ماديسون. مصادر مطلعة أكدت أن اللاعب على لائحة أهداف النادي ولا يمكن القطع بعدم وجود أي تحرك مستقبلي من قبل النادي في مرحلة ما هذه النافذة. pic.twitter.com/0WuQUhmpNT
— TheAFCBell 🇵🇸 (@TheAFCBeII) June 15, 2021
Maddison scored eight and assisted a further seven in 31 league outings for Leicester last term, and would likely ptove a solid addition to Mikel Arteta’s side.
Football.london’s Chris Wheatley has also picked up on the Maddison to Arsenal rumours.
And whilst Wheatley reiterated that Arteta is a huge fan of Maddison, he also suggested that the fee required would be an issue:
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) June 15, 2021
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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