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Arsenal Emerge As Favourites To Sign The Real Madrid Forward: Decent Fit For Mikel Arteta?

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According to a report by BBC, Arsenal lead the race for signing 26-year-old Spain winger Marco Asensio from Real Madrid. AC Milan appeared to be in the driving seat for his signature, but the Serie A club rejected his wage demands.

The Spaniard’s contract expires at the end of June this season, and Arsenal seem to remain the favourites to grab his signature.

Marco Asensio’s Campaign In Numbers

Marco Asensio has appeared 243 times, having scored 40 goals across all competitions so far. The Spanish international has an average of 27.2 passes per game with a passing success rate of 86.8%.

Even this term, he has managed to put up some impressive numbers on the board – averaging 1.7 shots, 0.7 key passes, 0.7 dribbles, 0.4 crosses, and 0.9 long balls per 90 minutes in the Spanish top-flight (calculated across 38 appearances), grabbing 11 goals and 1 assist on all fronts. He seems to have recaptured his form prior to his ACL injury which had ruled him out for the 2019/20 season.

Marco Asensio of Real Madrid linked to Arsenal
MADRID, SPAIN – MARCH 09: Marco Asensio (R) of Real Madrid CF competes for the ball with Nuno Mendes (L) of Paris Saint-Germain during the UEFA Champions League Round Of Sixteen Leg Two match between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 09, 2022, in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images). The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images ( Imago Images (

Capable of playing in the central midfield and on the right-wing, he could proficiently add to the Gunners’ attack although he remains weak in dropping back on defence which he’ll need to work upon (stats via Whoscored)

The Perfect Signing For Arsenal?

Bukayo Saka, who plays on the wing, and Gabriel Martinelli, have been key players for Arsenal this season having scored 9 and 5 goals respectively. Both the forwards are fairly young and lack experience and thus the Gunners should look for a veteran to spearhead their attack. He could easily build chemistry with former Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard, adding to the scoresheet for The Gunners.

The 26-year-old Madrid forward has an added lure of Champions league experience which could come in favour of Mikel Arteta’s side, who are looking to qualify for the Champions League in the longer run. With Eddie Nketiah and Lacazette looking to leave the London side, Asensio could fit into the bill perfectly.

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