Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Arsenal must sign Ismael Bennacer

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Arsenal made an excellent second-half comeback to defeat West Ham United last night as Mikel Arteta’s men went seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

Thoughts now turn to Saturday, when the club take on Brighton & Hove Albion, but Arteta will be hoping to keep the momentum going and secure another three points against the South Coast side.

The Spaniard will also be looking to add some quality to his side when the January transfer window opens and with the club interested in signing Brazilian youngster Danilo from Palmeiras next month, Arteta looks like he wants to add more youth to his side and plan ahead for the future.

However, with a title challenge very much on, and the chance to win the North London side’s first Premier League title in 19 years, experience might be the best bet ahead of a crucial five months ahead…

Arsenal must sign Bennacer

Arsenal were linked with their former midfielder Ismael Bennacer – who was at the team before being sold in 2017 – earlier this month and he could give the club a boost in the heart of their midfield engine room.

Since moving to Serie A with Empoli five years ago, he has continued to impress, first earning a move to current Italian champions AC Milan, and then establishing himself as an integral part of the side.

Should Arsenal re-sign Ismael Bennacer?

This season, the £46k-per-week midfielder has been in tremendous form for Milan, averaging a rating of 7.29 via Sofascore across his 15 league appearances.

He has registered two goal contributions, created two big chances and made an average of two key passes per match, which just proves that he can be an excellent attacking threat from the centre of the midfield.

His defensive contributions should also not go unnoticed, as the 25-year-old has won 55% of his duels, made 2.3 tackles, 0.8 interceptions and 0.5 clearances, suggesting that his all-round ability is superb and this could give Arteta’s midfield options a massive boost.

Indeed, according to FBref, the Algerian ranks in the top 10% for a variety of metrics, including tackles, shot-creating actions and dribbles completed, suggesting that he is amongst the top performers in Europe’s top five leagues over the previous year.

Milan boss Stefano Pioli labelled him a “complete midfielder” while Khaireddine Rouba dubbed him a “warrior” and it’s evident that his recent performances are attracting attention.

Arteta will need to think carefully about who he brings to the club, with Danilo an exciting prospect that could develop into a wonderful player over the course of the next few years, however, with a title challenge in motion, he may just opt for the seasoned campaigner in Bennacer and this could prove to be a masterstroke.



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