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Arsenal Battling With Premier League Rivals In Pursuit Of Real Madrid Ace: Why Arteta Must Sign Him

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Arsenal are among the clubs that could engage in a transfer battle for James Rodriguez. The Real Madrid star is almost destined to leave the club in the summer, and Premier League is believed to be the likely destination. The Gunners are set to face stiff competition from Everton, Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers in pursuit of Rodriguez.

James Rodriguez: An answer to Arsenal’s attacking problems?

Arsenal, no doubt, boast one of the most talented attacking units in the Premier League. However, a majority of their star players including Mesut Ozil and Nicolas Pepe, have either struggled with injuries or have underperformed. As a result, Mikel Arteta’s men have constantly failed to outwit stronger oppositions in terms of attacking quality.

James, in that regard, would offer Arteta with a quality option in the final third. He has a wealth of experience at the highest level of football, having played for clubs like Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. The Colombian international has won two UEFA Champions League titles as well as two Bundesliga titles. He can, therefore, bring the winning mentality into the Arsenal team.

A versatile option

Aside from his experience and quality, Rodriguez is a versatile creator in the final third. He is primarily recognised as a number ten, but he can also operate in the wider attacking roles and even as a central midfielder. His versatility, therefore, could open a wide range of tactical possibilities for Arteta next season.

James Rodriguez of Real Madrid CF in action during the Liga match between Sevilla FC and Real Madrid CF at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on September 22, 2019, in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Indeed, the ex-Monaco sensation could compete with Pepe in the wide attacking role. But ideally, he should be deployed in the number ten role, with Ozil and Pepe operating as wingers and Alexandre Lacazette leading the attack.

The Colombian’s dynamic style of play will surely revamp the club’s creative prowess while his combination with the existing Arsenal stars is also something to look forward to.

Can Arsenal sign James this summer?

While James might be an ideal option for Arsenal this summer, the club will find it difficult to secure his services. The player has a strong relationship with Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti, making them potential frontrunners in this transfer pursuit. Chelsea, too, will likely be able to offer Champions League football.

The only option for the Gunners is to provide James with a lucrative contract, which, in turn, might force them to offload one of their star players. Ozil, in that sense, is not a bad option and Arteta must make some tough decisions if he is to usher in a new era at the Emirates next season.

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