Arsenal in talks for Neves
Arsenal are in talks for Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Ruben Neves as the potential sale of Granit Xhaka edges ever closer.
The Arsenal midfielder has been linked with a move to Roma for a number of weeks now and according to football.london’s Chris Wheatley, the Swiss international could secure his departure very soon.
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â Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) June 6, 2021
This would open up an opportunity for Arsenal to bring in a player and it does appear that Neves is the club’s choice.
Wolves are reportedly open to letting the former Porto man go for around Â£35 million. A significant drop from the â¬80 million price tag which was set on his head after his first full season in the Premier League.
â Duncan Castles (@DuncanCastles) June 6, 2021
What could Arsenal look like with Neves?
One might think that Ruben Neves would simply slot into the same position vacated by Granit Xhaka.
The Swiss midfielder has played alongside Thomas Partey in a 4-2-3-1 system on many occasions.
Alternatively, Mikel Arteta has also trialled a 3-4-3 system in which Xhaka has played again as one of the two central midfielders.
Neves could certainly fill in the role that Xhaka has been deployed in. His defensive statistics for defensive duels and interceptions are better than that of Xhaka for last season.
However, Neves is a player that does like to venture forwards and find space on the edge of the box to either shoot or find a ball into the 18-yard area for a teammate.
Playing Neves and Partey together but in a 4-3-3 formation could open up some new opportunities for Arsenal. Should the club look to pursue a number 6 style defensive midfielder with mobility, such as Yves Bissouma, they could be positioned behind Neves and Partey.
This would give the pair more freedom and, for Partey in particular, greater assurance about influencing the game in the final third.
Should Xhaka leave, solely targeting his replacement would be a mistake by Arsenal. Bringing in two central midfielders of contrasting styles would provide greater versatility, variation and quality for Mikel Arteta to utilise.
This article was edited by Ben Browning.
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