Arsenal have already made a significant step into signing a high profile player as Edu the sporting director confirmed the arrival of Sao Paulo player Marquinhos in a deal worth £3m. While the Portuguese outfit Porto made a statement as per Sunsport to have made a transfer agreement with Arsenal.
With Fabio Vieira moving to Emirates Stadium in a fee worth the price tag of £35m with add-ons of £4.2m subject to objective achievements later. However Arteta has a squad depth already in the midfield department.
With Xhaka, Partey, Fabio Vieira, Sambi Lokonga and Elneny not forgetting Smith Rowe as well playing in the same area in Arteta team. We take a look into how challenging it may be for Arteta to select his best midfield players in that department.
Last season he used Partey, Xhaka and Martin more often but in next campaign having 'already' signed Fabio Vieira it means his aware of some shortcomings in the same department. Firstly a poor discipline record for Xhaka having picked more than four red cards since his move to Emirates Stadium.
Definitely Xhaka may be the first player to warm the bench, with Elneny doing well in the last part of the season when he got the chance alongside Xhaka. But the Egyptian lack creativity part of his game and the ability to play more offensive.
This means Arteta may use Partey in a more defensive role to try and protect the defence line. While Fabio and Martin play in a more offensive and holding duties as Sambi Lokonga wait on the bench and so is Elneny as well as Rowe.
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