Arsenal are likely on the verge of losing Granit Xhaka in the upcoming January transfer window. The player’s agent has confirmed that his client would like to move to Hertha Berlin, a Bundesliga side interested in his services.
This could create a massive void in the Arsenal midfield. And in this article, we will talk about three players who could replace the Swiss international.
Denis Zakaria has emerged as one of the rising stars in the Bundesliga this season, thanks to his consistent performances at Borussia Monchengladbach. The Swiss man is flourishing under new head coach Marco Rose, who has given him a free role in the middle of the park.
Much like Xhaka, Zakaria is known for his aggression and tenacity. The former Young Boys midfielder can also cover a lot of ground and is quite capable of carrying the ball out from the back. Moreover, he is blessed with quick feet that allow him to nestle through tight spaces and act as a ball-carrier.
This would make him an ideal fit in Mikel Arteta’s system and most possibly, an upgrade over Xhaka as well. However, Arsenal are likely to face stiff competition in pursuit of Zakaria.
Emre Can is tipped to leave Juventus in January after finding it difficult to get regular gametime under new manager Mauricio Sarri. The German has now found himself trailing behind Miralem Pjanic, Blaise Matuidi and Rodrigo Bentancur. As a result, he has featured in only seven league games so far.
At Arsenal, however, Can could be considered as an ideal replacement for Xhaka. He has experience of playing in the Premier League, having played for Liverpool before his move to Juventus. And given his robust style of play, the German could be utilised in the number six role, where he can provide defensive cover for the backline.
To some extent, Can could become the replacement for Francis Coquelin that Arsenal never had. And hence, Arteta should really look to make a move for the ex-Leverkusen star next month.
Adrien Rabiot is an appealing target for Arsenal despite his recent struggles at Juventus. The Frenchman has found it challenging to become a first-team regular under Sarri, which might open the door for a potential loan move away from Allianz Stadium in January.
Rabiot would be a fantastic addition to this Arsenal squad. His technical prowess, coupled with his determination, class and tenacity could add a new dimension to the club’s approach play. He could build an excellent partnership alongside compatriot Matteo Guendouzi.
That being said, it remains to be seen whether or not Juventus would be open to offloading Rabiot in the upcoming January transfer window.
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