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Arsenal Identify This Ligue 1 Midfielder As A Target: Should Arteta Get Him On Board?

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In a recent report, Fichajes stated that Arsenal have identified Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum as a target. It is believed that the Gunners are planning to bolster their midfield by recruiting the ex-Liverpool midfield ace.

Wijnaldum’s Up And Down Season In French Football

Wijnaldum has found game time hard to come by at the Parisian club during this campaign but has still managed to put in a few impressive displays for them at the centre of the park. The Dutch playmaker has registered three goals and one assist in 24 matches for PSG this season in all competitions.

The 31-year-old has struggled to find consistency with his performances over the past few months as he is averaging 0.9 shots, 0.3 key passes and 0.5 dribbles per game in Ligue 1. However, he has been excellent when distributing the ball from midfield based on his pass success rate of 90.7% in the top tier of French football (stats via whoscored).

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Club’s Eder Balanta and PSG’s Georginio Wijnaldum fight for the ball during a soccer game between French club Paris Saint-Germain and Belgian team Club Brugge KSV, Tuesday 07 December 2021 in Paris, sixth and last match in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, in Group A.
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Should Arsenal Head Coach Mikel Arteta Get Wijnaldum On Board?

Wijnaldum has got a great work rate and can keep the ball moving quite well at the centre of the park. The Netherlands international can create some decent chances for others around him when he is playing well on the field. The PSG talent has also shown in the past that he can chip in by netting some important goals in the final third.

A midfielder of Wijnaldum’s experience and winning mindset will be a brilliant acquisition for the Gunners as he will add a lot of quality to their midfield.

The Dutch sensation has already proven his worth in Premier League football and won’t have any trouble settling into life in England if Arsenal are willing to sign him this month. He could go on to form a solid midfield partnership with Thomas Partey at the Emirates Stadium.

More importantly, Wijnaldum can help the North London outfit maintain their push for a top-four spot in the Premier League this season. Hence, Arteta should try everything in his power to get the Ligue 1 star on board before the end of this transfer window.

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