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Arsenal To Rival Tottenham Hotspur For This English Playmaker: What Will He Bring To North London?

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In a recent report, the Sun mentioned that Arsenal are set to rival Tottenham Hotspur for Leicester City playmaker James Maddison. It has been stated that the Gunners are ready to battle their London rivals for the English midfielder.

Maddison’s Impressive Run Of Form For Leicester This Season

Maddison is having a productive campaign at the King Power Stadium. He has been responsible for performing at a high level as a key member of Brendan Rodgers’ midfield. The 25-year-old has found the back of the net on 13 occasions and grabbed eight assists in 42 matches for the Foxes this season across various competitions.

The Coventry-born talent has been a valuable contributor at the heart of the Leicester midfield as he is averaging 2.0 shots, 1.2 key passes and 0.8 dribbles per game in the Premier League. He has even been tidy with his ball distribution after making 80.7% of his attempted passes in the English top tier (stats via whoscored).

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Leicester City’s English midfielder James Maddison controls the ball during the UEFA Europa Conference League quarter final first leg football match between Leicester and PSV Eindhoven, at the King Power Stadium, in Leicester, on April 7, 2022. (Photo by Geoff Caddick / AFP) (Photo by GEOFF CADDICK/AFP via Getty Images)
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What Will Maddison Bring To Arsenal?

Maddison is an exciting dribbler with the ball at his feet and can make some dangerous runs with the ball towards the opponent’s penalty box. He can strike the ball with power and accuracy which makes him such a potent goal threat from long range. Maddison loves to play in the number ten role but can also fill in as a left-sided wide player if needed.

Furthermore, the English sensation has got the vision to unlock the opposition defence with a killer pass in the attacking third of the field. He is also an accurate passer of the ball up top.

A player of Maddison’s skillset and quality will be an excellent acquisition for the Gunners to consider in the summer. He will bring more goals and creativity to Mikel Arteta‘s midfield department at the Emirates Stadium. Plus, Maddison will enhance the overall quality of Arsenal’s starting XI.

Therefore, the North London outfit would be wise to orchestrate a move to secure the signature of the Leicester City star when the transfer window reopens later this year.

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