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Arsenal Are Showing Interest In This La Liga Midfielder: What Will He Add To Arteta’s Team?

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In a recent report, Marca mentioned that Arsenal are showing interest in Real Betis midfielder Guido Rodriguez this summer. It is understood that the Gunners are eyeing a move to land the Argentine international during this summer transfer period.

Rodriguez’s Decent Run Of Form In Spanish Football

The 28-year-old was a solid performer at the centre of Real Betis’ midfield after he put in a series of dominant performances in the previous campaign. Rodriguez made 47 appearances for the Spanish club last season, netting two goals and securing three assists in the process across multiple competitions.

The Argentine midfield enforcer performed well to average 3.0 tackles, 1.0 interceptions, 1.6 clearances, 0.7 and 0.6 dribbles per 90 minutes in La Liga. Rodriguez has even been accurate when distributing possession from midfield as he completed 85.5% of his attempted passes in the Spanish first division (stats via whoscored).

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What Will Rodriguez Add To Arsenal Head Coach Mikel Arteta?

Rodriguez is a tough-tackling midfielder who can make some crunching challenges to secure possession back for his team at the centre of the park. The Argentine talent can anchor the midfield really well and doesn’t mind clearing his lines when the opposition are on the offensive. He is primarily a defensive midfielder but can even operate as a box-to-box midfielder if required.

A defensive midfielder of Rodriguez’s quality will undoubtedly add more quality to Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta‘s midfield department if the Gunners can find a way to get a deal done for him this summer. He has what it takes to become a real success story in English football as long as he can cope with the physical demands of the Premier League.

The 24-time Argentina international could help the North London outfit get back to challenging for a top-four spot in the Premier League next season. He could even form a dominant midfield partnership with Thomas Partey at the Emirates Stadium in the coming seasons. Hence, Arteta would be wise to engineer a move to bring Rodriguez to the English capital ahead of the new campaign.

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