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Why This Real Madrid Star Is The Player Arsenal Must Sign As A Long Term Cazorla Replacement

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Arka Tarun Mukherjee
Arsenal fan and football expert, Arka Tarun Mukherjee actually used to play cricket at semi pro level. An ardent student of football tactics, ATM is very passionate about the tactical aspects of the game and has a dream of being a football manager in the future.

If recent reports are to be believed then there’s another player in the market available now with Spanish giants Real Madrid putting up Isco for sale. Needless to say that the player of his quality wouldn’t be short of suitors in any transfer window and Milan has already expressed their desire to take him to the San Siro. Arsenal, are also a club who were very interested in the Real Madrid man and has been a long-term target for manager Arsene Wenger. Here’s the reason why The Gunners can make a perfect signing in the former product of the Valencia youth academy.

First up is the versatility of the player, which is exactly what Arsenal need right now. The Spanish international can play as a winger on both the flanks, as a central midfielder, as attacking midfielder or even as a deep lying midfielder. Arsene Wenger had much trouble in trying to impact the games from players out in the wings last season as both Walcott and Chamberlain disappointed in that role and Ramsey is not a natural fit for that specific area.

Isco can impact games from the wings which he proved so many times with both Malaga as well as Real Madrid when he had been asked to occupy that spot so he can almost immediately solve the problems of the wings for the North London club. Real Madrid’s number 22 is also a player who has been transformed into a hugely efficient central midfielder by Carlo Ancelotti, who when appointed the boss of the Los Blancos, made Isco his first signing. In order to accommodate the talented 24-year old into the team in his preferred 4-3-3 formation, the Italian manager used him as one of the three in the midfield and Isco shone in that role drastically improving his defensive discipline and contribution simultaneously.

Arsene Wenger has been able to convert some attacking midfielders into deep-lying playmakers at the Emirates in recent years with both Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla being transformed into players who play more centrally, making them the most important pieces of the last two Arsenal teams from 2011 and 2014. Isco can very well be a part of that trend having all the required attributes to shine in that role and make it his own for a long time to come. Since his playing days at Malaga, Isco Alcaron has been one player who has never been short of either confidence or quality. He is one of the few players in world football who can work his way around incredibly tight spaces or retain possession under pressure with consummate ease. He can score goals from any position and is also somewhat of an assist king.

Spanish Daily AS has reported, Real bosses have told Zidane that he needs to sell a player before making any new signings, thus Isco is the man who is on the list of players to be sold to raise funds. A player who has previously been compared to Zidane by the legend himself will be a hot property with many teams trying to get their hands on him first.

Arsenal can be the best place for the talented midfielder and Arsene Wenger needs to make Isco his priority for he will be the player who can contribute a whole lot more than the other reported targets in Mahrez and Draxler with his versatility, quality, and defensive contributions. Santi Cazorla is already 31, Isco 24, should be the man to continue his legacy adding his own flavor to some more Spanish magic at the Emirates in the coming years.

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