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Arsenal Linked With A Shock Move For Former Real Madrid Speedster: An Upgrade Over Bellerin

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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 The Telegraph, Arsenal are monitoring the situation of Achraf Hakimi. The Inter Milan right-back, who only joined the club last summer, is now facing an uncertain future at San Siro after the club’s owner, Suning Group shut down one of their franchises in CSL. It could usher in financial difficulties at Inter, potentially forcing the Nerazzurri to offload Hakimi in the summer.

Achraf Hakimi: A Prolific Right-Back

A product of the Real Madrid academy, Achraf Hakimi’s rise to prominence began at Borussia Dortmund when he joined the club on a two-year loan deal in 2018. He became an overnight sensation in the Bundesliga, impressing the onlookers with his attacking traits, that helped BVB become one of the most dangerous teams on the counter.

Despite a slow start to his life at Inter, the Moroccan international has managed to replicate those performances in Serie A as well – becoming one of the club’s main sources of creativity.

Indeed, Hakimi’s pace, dynamism and ability to take on defenders have made him a revelation on the right flank, with the defender being involved in 11 goals in the league this term. His contributions have been key in helping Inter mount a title race and the Nerazzurri are even leading the league table at the moment, enjoying a six-point gap over rivals Milan.

Arsenal are monitoring the situation of Achraf Hakimi - A smart option.
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An Ideal Option For Arsenal?

Arsenal should definitely pounce on the opportunity of signing Hakimi this summer, as the Moroccan can be an ideal upgrade over Hector Bellerin at right-back.

In many ways, Hakimi exemplifies all the traits the Spaniard had exhibited during his initial rise to prominence at Emirates – pace, dynamism and a crossing prowess. As such, the 22-year-old could be a massive coup for the Gunners as Mikel Arteta looks to undergo a major squad overhaul in the upcoming summer transfer window.

From a sporting perspective, Hakimi’s presence at the right-back could enhance Arsenal’s chance creation while he also has the tendency to create a solid combination with attacking players. It essentially means the former Real Madrid starlet could form an unstoppable combo with Bukayo Saka and their collective contributions in the final third should significantly improve Arsenal’s attacking game.

Hakimi still needs to work on his defensive game, but at the age of 22, the right-back has room to improve – making him a smart long-term investment for the north London giants.

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