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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.

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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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Who is this powerful Championship midfielder on Arsenal on Tottenham’s radars? All you need to know

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Andre Dozzell scout report – The next big thing in England?

According to The Mirror, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have revived their interest in Ipswich Town sensation Andre Dozzell. The 19-year-old recently made his comeback following a 13-month absence from the game due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

The English U19 international was being tracked by a number of top-flight clubs but talks over a potential move to the Premier League were silenced by the long-term injury. However, his return should be enough to evoke interest among the scouts.

As the north London rivals go head-to-head in their efforts to land the youngster, let us get a deeper insight into one of the most promising prospects in the Championship – Ipswich wonder kid Andre Dozzell.

 

Background

Son of former Spurs star Jason Dozzell, Andre started training with the Ipswich Town academy as a kid. He caught the eye with some impressive performances in Ipswich’s youth system and received the club’s Academy Player of the Year Award in 2016.

Following his impressive performances for the development team, Dozzell made his senior debut for Ipswich at the age of 16 and matched his father’s record of scoring on his senior debut.

He made a total of 9 appearances across all competitions in the 2016/17 season but his progress was halted as he ruptured his cruciate ligament in the opening game of the 2017/18 season.

Dozzell has played for England at every youth level and has captained the U17 side. He was also a member of the squad for the UEFA U19 European Championship in 2017, despite being below the age group.

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Style of Play

Primarily a central midfielder by trade, Dozzell is capable of playing in an advanced role as a central attacking midfielder. A quick, agile and sharp player, Dozzell has the ability to make brisk turns in the midfield to buy himself some extra time and space.

However, he is mostly renowned for his wonderful range of passing which allows him to switch the play effectively and find his teammates up front with long incisive passes. He is more than capable of playing an attacking role as he often makes short and quick one-twos near the box and uses his incredible vision to unleash a killer pass.

Furthermore, he is great with his movement off the ball, making him a difficult player to mark.

 

What does the future hold?

Dozzell has already made a name for himself in the Championship and he will get better with more exposure. Now that he is back from his injury, he must work towards regaining his rhythm. That said, the manager must ease him back into action as his progress could be plagued by a recurrence of the injury.

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With the kind of promise he has shown for Ipswich and England, it will not be a matter of surprise if we see him in a top-flight club soon. Be it Tottenham or Arsenal, Dozzell could work wonders in both sides of north London. 

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Why Everton should not hesitate to sign Danny Welbeck

According to The Mirror, Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck has emerged as a transfer target for Everton. The Toffees were interested in the English international in the summer but a move to Goodison Park never materialized. (h/t Mirror)

The 27-year-old is currently in the last year of his contract which is set to expire next summer and the Gunners haven’t held talks over a new contract. (h/t Mirror)

As things stand, Welbeck will be free to enter negotiations with other clubs over a pre-contract agreement when the transfer window opens in January.

A product of the Manchester United youth system, Welbeck made his senior debut in 2008 but found it difficult to get regular minutes due to stiff competition for places at Old Trafford and spent a couple of fruitful loan stints at Preston North End and Sunderland.

However, he played a more significant role for the Red Devils in the latter half of his stay at the club and moved to Arsenal in 2014. Since then, the 27-year-old has made a total of 121 appearances for the Gunners across all competitions, finding the back of the net on 31 occasions.

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That is definitely not a bad scoring record since he hasn’t been one of the first names on the teamsheet. Furthermore, he has an enviable scoring record for England, having scored 16 goals in 42 games since his debut in 2011.

And he seems to have made a habit of getting his name on the scoresheet this season under Unai Emery, having scored 4 goals across all competitions. He was also handed his first start in the Premier this season in Arsenal’s 5-1 win over Fulham.

Everton made the headlines with mega-money deals for Yerry Mina and Richarlison in the summer. While the former is yet to make his debut, the Brazilian has been a key figure in the final third for the Toffees. However, Marco Silva should be concerned by Cenk Tosun’s lacklustre form, who has scored only once in eight games.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored a brace in the Carabao Cup against Rotherham and followed it up with the equalizer against Huddersfield Town in the Premier League but he is still young and inexperienced.

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Hence, Everton need an experienced customer in front of the goal and Danny Welbeck is the perfect option. Everton have enjoyed considerable success with Theo Walcott and they should not hesitate to go forward with a move for Welbeck as well.

The 27-year-old English international is primarily a striker by trade by can also play as a winger on either side of the pitch. He can also be deployed as a supporting striker to link up the play in the final third.

Welbeck’s technical abilities might not be of the highest level but he is an expert when it comes to scoring goals. When deployed on the flanks, he has the tendency to cut inside with his pace and dribbling skills and can combine with his teammates effectively.

He is not afraid to have a crack at goal and can get on the end of crosses and through balls. Furthermore, the former Manchester United man is also adept at setting up goals with his vision and awareness.

 

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Everton have a lot of attacking talent in their ranks but they haven’t been able to deliver the goods consistently. Welbeck might not be the most consistent player but he can be quite resourceful with his ability to rack up goals and assists.

That said, Everton should take advantage of the situation and lure Welbeck to Goodison Park either in January or next summer.

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5 goals and 10 assists – Signing this talented 21-year-old could inject greater firepower to Arsenal’s squad

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Arsenal should consider making a move for Matias Vargas

Matias Vargas has expressed his interest in joining Arsenal when the time comes to leave Velez Sarsfield, claims the Mirror. The 21-year-old has made a name for himself in the Argentine Primera Division with his impressive performances in the recent past.

A youth product of Velez Sarsfield, Vargas made his senior debut in 2016 but established himself as a regular starter only in the last campaign where he chipped in with 5 goals and 10 assists. He has carried on from where he left in the previous season and has already scored a couple of goals in the current campaign.

Although Arsenal haven’t expressed any official interest in signing the player, his eye-catching performances make him seem like a tantalizing prospect indeed. 

As a matter of fact, the Gunners should take this as a serious opportunity to scout Vargas as they need a versatile left-winger who can deliver the goods on a consistent basis.

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Unai Emery’s men are enjoying a purple patch at the moment as the Gunners registered their sixth consecutive win in the Premier League and ninth across all competitions with an emphatic 5-1 win over Fulham last weekend.

Arsenal have the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alex Iwobi to fill the role of a left-winger. However, a player like Aubameyang is likely to do a better job in front of the goal. Emery should be looking to make use of his pedigree as a striker and deploy him as the No.9. However, it’s easier said than done because Alexandre Lacazette has also been in a good scoring form of late.

To be honest, Matias Vargas, in many ways, does resemble Eden Hazard. Starting from his looks to his playing style, there seems to be a lot of resemblances between him and the Belgian maestro. In fact, he had an impressive record last season, quite comparable to Hazard.

The 21-year-old has cut into Argentina’s national team and made his debut last month in his nation’s 3-0 victory over Guatemala.

A strong, quick and agile player characterized by exceptional technical abilities and incredible vision, Vargas is renowned for his ability to inject life into the game with his pace, flair and athleticism.

Primarily a left-winger by trade, Vargas’s influence in the attacking third is never confined to the left flank and he often plays as a free-roaming attacking midfielder. The 21-year-old has the confidence to initiate attacks with his individual brilliance.

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He has established himself as his team’s talisman in the final third and is always amongst the scheme of things. A tactically versatile attacking midfielder, he can slot into any role in the final third. At times, he has also been deployed as a supporting striker.

Vargas’s low centre of gravity combined with his superior technical game allows him to receive the ball with elegance and keep close control in tight areas, just like Hazard. His presence of mind and vision allows him to pick out the runs of his teammates with incisive passes, often with elegant chips, one-twos and back-heels. 

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With the impending exit of Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck from the Emirates (h/t The Week), Arsenal must bolster their attacking options to maintain adequate depth in their squad. Furthermore, they should be tempted to bring in reinforcements as Mesut Ozil has found it difficult to cope with Emery’s style of play.

Going by the kind of brilliance that Vargas has shown in recent times, it wouldn’t be a bad idea for Arsenal to sign him. At the age of 21, he is still in the developmental phase of his career and is unlikely to cost a fortune.

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