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Arsenal Eyeing Summer Swoop For Serie A Playmaker: An Ideal Replacement For Odegaard?

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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.

In the latest report from Il Mattino, as relayed by Sport Witness, it is stated that Arsenal are in the market for Piotr Zielinski. The north London giants are among the clubs keeping a close eye on the Napoli playmaker who is facing an uncertain future at the club. Zielinski is believed to be available in the market this summer, although Napoli are likely to demand a fortune for him.

Piotr Zielinski: Player Profile

Piotr Zielinski has been a part of the Napoli side since 2016 when he joined the club from Udinese. An attacking midfield by trade, the Pole has largely been an integral figure in the club’s creative department, notching up 239 competitive appearances.

During his time at Napoli, Zielinski has been involved in 58 goals in all competitions. Astonishingly, 23 of those goal involvements have come in the 2020/21 campaign, with the playmaker thriving under the leadership of Gennaro Gattuso.

The 27-year-old largely favours playing in the offensive midfield role. However, he is capable of operating in central midfield and even out wide, which is indicative of his versatility. His experience is also treasured at Napoli, with the player notably captaining the side on two occasions last season.

Zielinski, however, had a disappointing Euro 2020 campaign. He was unable to offer much quality in the creative department, as Poland were knocked out of the group stage.

Arsenal are in the market for Piotr Zielinski - Does he have what it takes?
2021.06.10 Gdansk Pilka nozna Konferencja Prasowa oraz Trening Reprezentacji Polski N/z Piotr Zielinski Foto Piotr Matusewicz / PressFocus 2021.06.10 Gdansk Football Polish press conference, PK, Pressekonferenz and Training Piotr Zielinski Credit: Piotr Matusewicz / PressFocus / NEWSPIX.PL — Newspix.pl PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxPOL 20210610_PF_PM149

An Ideal Replacement For Odegaard?

It is no secret that Arsenal are in the market for a creative playmaker this summer. The return of Martin Odegaard and the departure of Mesut Ozil in January has left Mikel Arteta in a spot of bother.

As a result, the club is eying a move for Piotr Zielinski. The Pole has had a decent track record at Napoli and has significantly stepped up his game over the past 12 months.

From a tactical perspective, though, the Polish international might not be an ideal fit for Arsenal. Unlike Odegaard, Zielinski is not a dynamic ball-carrier and instead relies heavily on his movements. Also, the former Udinese starlet isn’t consistent enough, often failing to maintain his performances for a long period of time. His underwhelming display in Euro 2020 was not a good indicator either.

It doesn’t bode well for Arteta, who is looking for quality players who can make a difference as he hopes to usher in a new era at the Emirates. A gamble on Zielinski, in that regard, might not be a wise move for a team facing massive financial restraints.

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