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Arsenal Are Eyeing A Move For This Napoli Midfielder: What Will He Add To Arteta’s Team?

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In a recent print edition, Corriere dello Sport mentioned that Arsenal are eyeing a move for Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz, who has got less than 18 months remaining in his contract. It is understood that the Gunners are showing interest in recruiting the Spanish playmaker in the summer.

Ruiz’s Dominant Season In Italian Football

The 25-year-old is having another solid campaign at Naples after putting in a series of dominant displays at the centre of the park. Ruiz has played in 22 matches for the Italian club this season, scoring five goals and picking up four assists in the process across various competitions.

The 15-time Spain international has been a consistent performer at the heart of Napoli’s midfield based on his average of 1.7 tackles, 0.8 interceptions, 1.1 clearances, 1.4 shots and 1.3 key passes per 90 minutes in Serie A. He has even been excellent when distributing the ball from midfield after completing 91.6% of his attempted passes in the top tier of Italian football (stats via whoscored).

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NAPLES, ITALY – JANUARY 23: Fabian Ruiz of SSC Napoli during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and US Salernitana at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on January 23, 2022 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)
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What Will Ruiz Add To Arsenal Boss Mikel Arteta’s Side?

Ruiz has a wide range of passes in his locker and can set up some clear-cut chances for his teammates in the final third. He is a solid tackler as well and can strike the ball purely and with venom from long range. The Spaniard has got a great work rate and can dominate the game on his own from midfield.

A midfielder of Ruiz’s calibre will be a brilliant signing for the Gunners to pursue at the end of this season. He will add some much-needed quality to Mikel Arteta‘s midfield department and could go on to become a real fan-favourite at the Emirates Stadium in the coming seasons.

At 25, Ruiz is about to enter his prime which means that Arsenal can expect to make the most of his talents if they manage to get a deal done for him when the transfer window reopens in the summer. Furthermore, the Napoli star will definitely help the North London giants secure UEFA Champions League football regularly over the next few years and even bridge the gap to Manchester City and Liverpool at the top of Premier League football.

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