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Arsenal Reignite Their Interest In This Serie A Midfielder: What Will He Bring To North London?

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In a recent print edition, Corriere dello Sport revealed that Arsenal have reignited their interest in Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinković-Savić. It has been mentioned that the Gunners are hoping to move in for the Serbia international with the Italian outfit demanding €65m for his services this summer.

Milinkovic-Savic’s Impressive Run Of Form At Stadio Olimpico

Milinkovic-Savic experienced a productive campaign in Italian football as he managed to put in several influential performances at the centre of Lazio’s midfield. The 27-year-old scored 11 times and picked up 12 assists in 47 matches for the Italian outfit last season in multiple competitions.

The Lleida-born talent has been a positive influence on both ends of the field after he averaged 1.8 tackles, 0.9 interceptions, 1.1 clearances, 2.0 shots, 1.4 key passes and 1.2 dribbles per 90 minutes in Serie A. He has even been accurate with his ball distribution based on his pass success rate of 81.4% in the Italian top tier (stats via whoscored).

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ROME, ITALY – MAY 21: Sergej Milinkovic Savic of SS lazio reacts during the Serie A match between SS Lazio and Hellas Verona FC at Stadio Olimpico on May 21, 2022 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
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What Will Milinkovic-Savic Bring To Arsenal?

Milinkovic-Savic can time his tackles well to secure the ball back for his side at the centre of the park. He can offer decent protection for his teammates at the back and doesn’t mind clearing his lines when needed.

The Serbia international has got the vision to orchestrate some meaningful openings for his teammates in the final third and can even contribute by scoring a handful of important goals for his team. He is primarily a central midfielder but can even fill in as an attacking midfielder in the opposition half if his manager needs him to do so.

Milinkovic-Savic will bring more quality to Mikel Arteta‘s midfield department at Arsenal. He has what it takes to establish himself as a top performer at the Emirates Stadium if the Gunners can get him on board during this summer transfer window.

The Serbian sensation’s best years are ahead of him, so Arteta can expect to make the most of his services in the coming seasons. Furthermore, he could help the North London club secure a top-four finish in the Premier League next season. Thus, Arsenal should prioritise on sealing a move to secure the signature of Milinkovic-Savic this summer.

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