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Arsenal Are Leading The Race To Land This Serie A Midfielder: What Will He Add To Arteta’s Side?

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In a recent print edition, Corriere dello Sport stated that Arsenal are leading the race to land Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. It has been mentioned that the Gunners are in pole position to secure the services of the Serbian talent next year.

Milinkovic-Savic’s Impressive Run Of Form In Italian Football This Season

Milinkovic-Savic is having a decent campaign at the Stadio Olimpico as he has managed to put in a string of influential displays at the centre of Lazio’s midfield. The 27-year-old has found the back of the net five times and earned seven assists in 20 matches for the Italian club his season across all competitions.

The Spain-born talent has been a positive influence at both ends of the field after averaging 1.8 tackles, 1.0 interceptions, 1.6 clearances, 1.5 shots, 1.4 key passes and 0.9 dribbles per 90 minutes in Serie A football. He has even been careful with his ball distribution as he has completed 76.3% of his attempted passes in the top tier of Italian football (stats via whoscored).

Milinkovic-Savic is under contract at the Italian club until the summer of 2024. Therefore, the Gunners should think about arranging a cut-price move for him at the end of this season.

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What Will Milinkovic-Savic Add To Arsenal Boss Mikel Arteta’s Side?

Milinkovic-Savic can do a little bit of everything at the centre of the park. He is a solid tackler of the ball and can make some timely interceptions for his team. The Serbian midfield ace doesn’t hesitate to put his foot through the ball when needed and can make some inviting plays for others around him. He is a good striker of the ball as well and can make a few lively runs in the opponent’s half.

Milinkovic-Savic will definitely add more energy and dynamism to Mikel Arteta‘s midfield department and could go on to form a solid midfield partnership with Thomas Partey at the Emirates Stadium in the coming seasons. He could help Arsenal challenge for some major trophies in the future.

At 27, Milinkovic-Savic is about to enter his prime and is well-equipped to make an instant impact at the North London club if Arteta manage to get him on board in 2023. However, only time will tell whether he can make a smooth transition to life in Premier League football. Still, there is no denying the pros outweigh the cons for Arsenal to land him for what could on a bargain deal next summer.

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