According to several reports, Arsenal are close to signing at least one more player before the deadline day comes to a close. The player who the Gunners are tracking is Paraguayan youngster Miguel Almiron. According to Italian daily Tuttomercatoweb, Arsenal are in talks with Argentine club Lanus over a possible move and are confident of securing a deal before Wednesday. It would seem a bit odd for the North London outfit to go for a player who is an unknown quantity but just like the Arsenal scouts, one will start admiring the player if he sees him in action.
The 22-year-old Paraguayan is primarily an attacking midfielder/ playmaker. He has excellent ball control and has an eye for defence splitting passes. Almiron wears the number 10 shirt for his club and functions as a midfield maestro but the thing which sets him apart from the conventional playmakers is his ability to tackle.
Surprisingly, the midfielder is very adept in the tackling department and allows his team to win back possession in the middle third or break down play with his challenges. Actually, it is how the player functions for his team which plays on the counter, Almiron is a deadly counter-attacking threat. His latest goal is just another example of this statement and shows that he does have some decent pace and excellent finishing abilities as well.
Arsenal are very well stocked in the midfield currently and the squad depth has been one of the very best in years. With the recent acquisitions of Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi, the team is looking very strong at the moment. However, Arsene Wenger has always emphasized in promoting young talent and identifying them from obscurity.
The coach loves a bargain and snapping up talented players at an early age helps the club ensure that they have done some good business. The talent and obvious qualities of Miguel Almiron do indicate that the player has what it takes to reach that desired level if managed properly and despite the squad strength, Wenger would be tempted to do business for the player and not pass on the opportunity. At 22 he is clearly not going to be a contender for first team football right away but would be allowed to settle down and get a feel of the English game gradually which would also allow the manager some more time to integrate him into the squad. It’s certainly going to be a frenetic few days in the transfer market and would be interesting to see how this transfer saga turns out.