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Why Chelsea should go all out and beat Arsenal to sign this diminutive midfielder

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Why Chelsea should beat Arsenal to sign Jean Michael Seri

Chelsea and Arsenal target, Jean Michael Seri, is reportedly in London to finalize talks regarding a move. The Ivorian has been linked with several Premier League clubs, including Fulham, for a possible transfer this summer. He had a terrific season with Nice in the Ligue 1 and is understandably on everyone’s target list.

The 26-year-old has the required qualities to make an impact in the Premier League. He will add a different dimension to the midfield and also bring in his diminutive style. With the three London clubs interested, it will be up to the player to choose his destination in the English capital.

Why Chelsea should get Seri

There have been suggestions that Paris Saint-Germain are interested in signing N’Golo Kante from Chelsea, meaning the Blues will need a new defensive or central midfielder to fill Kante’s void. Hence, they must secure a deal for Seri before other potential suitors damage their chances.

With the Blues still unsure about the managerial situation, they must ensure that their transfer activities don’t slow down. Seri is a high-class player who will enhance their midfield department and regardless of who manages Chelsea next season, the club should benefit from his services. Hence, signing the Ivorian must not depend on the current mystifying state of the club.

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If we take a look at the midfielder’s attributes, he is skilled enough to make a difference in the central areas of the pitch. The 26-year-old can pick a key pass, dribble past people in tight situations and also possesses great tenacity to cover the defensive positions. In fact, Seri supplied an average of 2.1 key passes per game last season.

The Ivorian possesses great skills when it comes to protecting the ball from defenders. He often utilizes his low centre of gravity to swivel them around. In addition to that, Seri is known for making some incisive passes and he recorded a pass success rate of over 90% in the French League last season.

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Verdict

Arsenal have done well in the transfer market under Unai Emery and may not need Seri as perilously as Chelsea. If Kante exits Stamford Bridge, the Blues will be in a precarious situation because they don’t have quality options in the midfield. Hence, Chelsea should sign Seri as soon as possible, before other clubs come calling.

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Excellent Lacazette, poor Ozil – The best and the worst-rated Arsenal stars in 2-0 win over Everton

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Arsenal player ratings vs Everton: Who impressed for the Gunners?

Arsenal continued their winning run in the Premier League and worked their way into the top six with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Everton at the Emirates. Unai Emery’s men also registered their first clean sheet of the season, courtesy a brilliant shift between the sticks by goalkeeper Petr Cech.

Everton had multiple chances to score in the first half but Petr Cech was at the top of his game to deny Richarlison twice. After a goalless first half, Arsenal took the lead early in the first half as Alexandre Lacazette scored his second goal of the season with a thunderous strike past Jordan Pickford. 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled the lead within three minutes to put Arsenal comfortably in the driver’s seat. Everton tried to forge a comeback but Arsenal held on to their lead for a fourth consecutive win.

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Arsenal player ratings

Petr Cech (8.5/10)

The veteran had a great day and was at the top of his game to deny Everton several times in both halves. He seemed comfortable with his handling and had an impressive game overall.

Hector Bellerin (7/10)

The Spaniard threw caution to the winds with some intelligent runs and played some nice crosses into the box but was often exposed against Richarlison.

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Sokratis (6/10)

The Greek centre-back looked quite composed and covered for Mustafi’s blunders before being withdrawn due to an injury.

Shkodran Mustafi (5/10)

Another poor day at the office for the German centre-back. He gave the ball away in dangerous areas and looked wayward with his positioning. Looked somewhat better in the second half as Everton lost control of the game.

Nacho Monreal (7/10)

The Spaniard had a decent game and linked the play effectively down the left with Aubameyang. He impressed with his crossing but was exposed against Theo Walcott’s sharpness. Tested Pickford with a well-drilled effort on goal in the first half.

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Granit Xhaka (6/10)

Not a particularly good day for the Swiss international. He lost possession on a few occasions but was quite decent with his passing.

Lucas Torreira (6.5/10)

The Uruguayan had a decent game in the heart of the midfield. He got booked in the first half and looked a bit hesitant to go into challenges but still managed to break up the play and win the balls in the midfield.

Mesut Ozil (5/10)

The German playmaker had a poor day at the office. Although he started the move which led to Aubameyang’s goal, he was wasteful with some good opportunities. Furthermore, he was wayward with passing and lost the ball way easily.

Aaron Ramsey (7.5/10)

The Welshman had another good day in the final third. He linked the play with his teammates with short and quick passes and set up Lacazette for the first goal. Worked hard and had a good game on the whole.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (7/10)

He had a decent game but was a bit lucky to not be flagged offside for the goal. Regardless, he was lively as ever in the final third and showed intent to make things happen.

Alexandre Lacazette (8/10)

The Frenchman registered his second goal of the season with a brilliant strike to beat Pickford. He was a bit sloppy and careless in the first half but used his physicality to shield the ball and linked the play effectively with his teammates.

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Rob Holding (6.5/10)

He came on for the injured Sokratis and did a good job in the heart of the defence.

Alex Iwobi (6/10)

The Nigerian came on for Aubameyang and added some energy to the forward line. He often got involved in the play and impressed with his movement.

Danny Welbeck (N/A)

Came on late and did not have time to make an impact.

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1331 passes with accuracy of 85% – Arsenal must go all out to sign this 28-year-old Mexican wizard

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Why Arsenal must go all out to sign Hector Herrera

After a wobbly start to their campaign, Unai Emery has steadied the ship at Arsenal by winning three games in a row in the Premier League. But these victories don’t hide the fact that Emery’s Arsenal are still a team in transition.

One of their main areas of concern should be the lack of steel in the middle of the park. Emery signed Lucas Torreira in the summer but one good player isn’t enough. A 19-year-old Matteo Guendouzi has also impressed but at such a young age, he can’t start every game.

Granit Xhaka might have scored a sensational free-kick last weekend but he hasn’t developed into an authoritative midfielder. In fact, he has been one of the weakest links in this Arsenal side, often being at fault for giving away the ball in dangerous positions time and again.

Hence, Emery needs midfielders who can strengthen the squad. A recent report from The Mirror has linked Hector Herrera with a move to the Emirates.

Herrera, a 28-year-old midfielder who plays for Porto, is into his final year of contract at Estadio Dragao. He is one of the first names on the team sheet for the Mexican national team, receiving his 70th cap during the World Cup in Russia.

Herrera has been Porto’s linchpin in the midfield for the past five years, helping the club win the Primeira Liga last year. In that title-winning campaign, the Mexican played 29 games in the league and scored 3 goals. But it was his hard work in the centre of the park that made him such an attractive commodity in the European market.

He completed 1331 passes with a pass accuracy of 85%. He has always been a great passer of the ball but in the past few seasons, he has grown into a destroyer as well, making some sneaky interceptions and quickly releasing the likes of Yacine Brahimi and Vincent Aboubakar on the counter. He assisted 4 goals last year and made 40 key passes in the league. He also completed 56 tackles, made 24 clearances and registered 47 interceptions.

He is the kind of player Arsenal are in dire need of. Considering his contract situation with Porto, Arsenal should try and get him for a cut-price deal in January.

Read More: Forget it Emery – Instead of selling, Arsenal must prioritize retaining this £42.4million at all costs

If the deal goes through, it would benefit the likes of Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey the most. These creative players can sprinkle the stardust in the final third of the pitch without worrying about losing the ball.

Furthermore, pairing Torreira and Herrera at the base of the midfield could offer better protection to a shaky Arsenal defence.

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Go for it Emery – Signing this £18million La Liga powerhouse could work wonders for Arsenal

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Why Arsenal must splash £18million to sign Ever Banega

Arsenal did not make a good start to their 2018/19 campaign under new boss Unai Emery, who took charge of the Gunners after the club decided to part ways with former boss Arsene Wenger.

Since arriving at the London club, Unai Emery has made quite a few good signings to give the team a new look. But despite the arrivals of Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Bernd Leno and Lucas
Torreira, the team looks shaky and are finding it hard to make a mark against strong opponents.

Arsenal, who currently find themselves 7th in the table, must add new faces and enhance the quality of their squad when the transfer window reopens in January. And according to The Metro, Emery is interested in signing Sevilla ace Ever Banega, who has been a key part of the Spanish side for a long time.

But the player has a £18million buy-out clause and Arsenal must attempt to rope him in this time. Getting a player of
the 65-time capped Argentina international’s calibre could be a huge plus for the Gunners, as he would provide strong competition to the likes of Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi and Granit Xhaka in the midfield.

Ever Banega

Ever Banega showed his class in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, where he featured thrice for Argentina. He was not selected by Jorge Sampaoli for the opener against Iceland but the midfielder proved his mettle by providing two assists in the three games he played a part in. Besides his heroics in the World Cup, the 30-year-old has been at his best for Sevilla for years and can also find the back of the net effortlessly.

With Mesut Ozil not in praiseworthy form, Arsenal desperately need a player who can dictate the midfield and there are few players who can do it better than Banega. He is creative and can produce moments of brilliance that could go a long way in deciding the outcome of a match. With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in superb goalscoring form, Banega could be the perfect support system for the striker, thus helping Arsenal push their chances of success this season.

Read More: Go for it Emery – Why Arsenal must go all out to acquire this 13-goal Ligue 1 sensation

There is not a shadow of doubt about the fact that Banega would be a good signing for Arsenal. Furthermore, the Argentine is no stranger to Emery’s tactics as the two have previously worked together at Sevilla. Hence, it would be right for Arsenal to go after a proven player and if a deal materializes in January, the Gunners could emerge as serious contenders for the Premier League title.

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