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Arsenal Eyeing A Move For This Chelsea Midfielder: Should Arteta Snap Him Up?

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In a recent report, The Daily Star mentioned that Arsenal are eyeing a move for Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante this summer. It has been claimed that the Gunners are weighing up a move to secure the services of the French midfield ace during this summer transfer period.

Kante’s Decent Campaign At Stamford Bridge

Kante played an influential role in Thomas Tuchel’s match-day squad last season when he managed to produce a handful of dominant performances for Chelsea at the centre of the park. The 31-year-old registered two goals and five assists in 42 matches for the Blues in the previous campaign on all fronts.

The Paris-born talent gave a good account of himself by averaging 2.3 tackles, 1.2 interceptions, 0.7 shots, 0.9 key passes and 1.3 dribbles per game in Premier League football. He was even accurate when distributing the ball from midfield, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 86.7% in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

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Chelsea’s French midfielder N’Golo Kante (L) vies with Watford’s Congolese midfielder Edo Kayembe (R) during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Watford at Stamford Bridge in London on May 22, 2022. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images) The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/) Imago Images (https://www.imago-images.de/)

Should Arsenal Boss Mikel Arteta Snap Kante Up This Summer?

Kante is a solid tackler of the ball and can time his challenges well to earn the ball back for his team in midfield. He has got the vision to create some decent chances for his teammates in the opposition half and can make a few clever runs with the ball from midfield.

The French talent can still play an influential role as a first-team starter in top-flight football. Thus, Arsenal would do well to bring him to the Emirates Stadium this summer with the player’s contract at Chelsea set to run out at the end of next season.

At 31, Kante would believe that he has still got a lot to offer at the highest level. We can expect him to add more bite and steel to Mikel Arteta’s midfield and help the Gunners challenge for a top-four spot in the Premier League next season. With all things considered, Arteta should focus on snapping Kante up before the end of this summer transfer window as he has got the experience and winning mindset to be a success story at the North London club.

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