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Serie A Midfielder Is Keen On A Move To Arsenal: Should Arteta Bring Him On Board?

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In a recent print edition, Corriere dello Sport stated that Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is keen on a move to Arsenal. It has been claimed that the Serbian talent wants to join the Gunners at the end of this season.

Milinkovic-Savic’s Decent Run Of Form In Italian Football

Milinkovic-Savic is having another impressive campaign at Lazio as he has managed to perform at a high level at the heart of their midfield. The Spain-born midfield ace has scored six goals and picked up eight assists in 28 appearances for the Italian club this season across all competitions.

The 27-year-old has been a consistent performer for the Italian club at the centre of the park based on his average of 1.9 tackles, 1.0 interceptions, 1.4 clearances, 1.6 shots, 1.4 key passes and 0.8 dribbles per 90 minutes in Serie A. He has even been accurate when distributing possession from midfield after making 76.8% of his attempted passes in the top tier of Italian football (stats via whoscored).

His current contract at Lazio is set to run out in the summer of 2024. Thus, the Gunners could potentially land him on the cheap at the end of this campaign.

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Should Arsenal Boss Mikel Arteta Bring Milinkovic-Savic On Board?

Milinkovic-Savic is a good tackler of the ball and can sense the danger well to earn the ball back for his side in the middle of the park. He doesn’t mind putting his foot through the ball when needed and is a decent passer of the ball as well.

Milinkovic-Savic mainly functions as a box-to-box midfielder but can also operate in the number ten position if his manager asks him to do so. The Serbian sensation can strike the ball purely from long range and has got the vision to play some killer passes on the attacking end of the field. He can make a few driving runs with the ball from midfield.

We can expect Milinkovic-Savic to enhance the quality of Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta‘s midfield department at the North London club. He has what it takes to form a dominant midfield partnership with Thomas Partey in the English capital over the next few years.

At 27, Milinkovic-Savic is about to enter his prime and is well-equipped to make an instant impact at the Emirates Stadium next season. Thus, the Gunners should think about going all out to get a deal done for him when the transfer window reopens later this summer.

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