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Arsenal Confident Of Completing A Deal For Frenchman: Can He Solve Their Midfield Issues?

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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 Le10Sport, as cited by Metro, Arsenal are eyeing a move for Eduardo Camavinga. The Gunners were initially interested in Houssem Aouar, but have now set sights on the Rennes midfielder. The Ligue 1 outfit are expected to cash in on him for a fee of around €50 million as they look to avoid selling for free next year.

What Can He Bring To The Table?

Eduardo Camavinga, since his breakthrough in the 2019/20 campaign, has established himself as one of the finest talents in European football. He has already notched up 82 competitive appearances, becoming a mainstay at the heart of Rennes midfield.

A central midfielder by trade, Camavinga is a talented anchorman who can spray passes all around the park. However, he is primarily known for his box to box qualities, as he tends to drop deep to pick the ball up from defence and drive it forward, effortlessly navigating through the opposition press in the process.

Defensively, Camavinga is an excellent reader of the game. He can understand the situation quickly while his positioning helps him neutralising allows him to remain resilient in the second line of press – making him a well-rounded holding midfielder.

Unlike players like Manuel Locatelli, the young Frenchman is much more mobile, allowing him to become a useful asset in the second line of press.

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Is He A Good Investment For Arsenal?

As Arsenal brace themselves for life without the likes of Dani Ceballos, Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi and even Granit Xhaka, Mikel Arteta is in imminent need of reinforcements in the midfield department.

Thomas Partey appears to be a guaranteed starter in the holding midfield role. Someone like Camavinga, in that regard, could prove to be an ideal partner due to the youngster’s technical prowess combined with his dynamism and positioning sense.

The Frenchman can offer the ball-progression Arsenal have been missing in the middle of the park. It will not only help the Gunners create more chances but also solidify their second line of press – ultimately leading to a more structured midfield unit.

At the age of 18, Camavinga also has time on his side to not only improve his game but also become one of the best midfielders in Europe. He is, therefore, a smart investment option for the Gunners as Mikel Arteta looks to reshape his squad after a disappointing 2020/21 campaign.

However, Arsenal’s failure to secure European football will make it almost impossible for them to secure the services of the youngster, who is almost destined to join a club that can offer him more stability.

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