Can Porto star Hector Herrera replace Aaron Ramsey for Arsenal?
It is official – Arsenal have lost Aaron Ramsey to Juventus, according to the Guardian, with the Welshman signing a reported £36 million pay packet with the Serie A giants. While Ramsey will join the club in the summer, it’s a massive blow for Arsenal especially with no replacement in sight.
Now, the Mirror has reported that the Gunners are interested in signing FC Porto star Hector Herrera in the near future. The 28-year-old is regarded as one of the best central midfielders in the world, but can he successfully help both Arsenal and help replace Aaron Ramsey?
An experienced midfielder, the Mexican international has made just over 200 appearances for the Portuguese side since his arrival in 2013 and has also made his mark in not one, but two World Cups for his country. One of the standout performers for Mexico at the recent Russia 2018 World Cup, alongside Hirving Lozano, Herrera is not a box-to-box midfielder like Ramsey.
Instead, the 28-year-old is more of a Lucas Torreira or Granit Xhaka-esque player, who excels at breaking up play and then using that to drive his team forward. His passing abilities are second to none in the Liga Nos with Herrera creating 33 assists in all competitions for Porto. Not only that, his awareness to step back and take a moment before dictating play, adds to his value but clearly, he isn’t what Arsenal need.
It must be noted that while the Mexican international would make a brilliant addition, there is a great chance that he could halt development at Arsenal. The likes of Joe Willock, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and a few others could have their chance to shine with Ramsey gone, but if Arsenal sign Hector Herrera, that may ever happen.
However, on the other hand, Mohamed Elneny might leave in the near future to make space for another player and there is a chance that Herrera could replace him as the rotating midfielder. Whether or not that’s a role the FC Porto man is willing to take, that’s another question but it could be chance to show his worth in one of the toughest leagues in the world.
Arsenal should pounce on the chance to sign this highly skilled 23-year-old international winger – Here is why
Arsenal Opinion: Why the Gunners should go all out to sign Gelson Martins?
According to a report from the Sun, Arsenal would be offered a chance to sign the Portugal international Gelson Martins at the end of the season, with Atletico Madrid keen on offloading the winger just one year after they signed him from Sporting Lisbon.
Arsenal were interested in signing the 23-year-old last summer but Sporting turned down a £26million offer, leaving Gelson Martins furious. But the Portuguese winger was later purchased by Atletico Madrid, although the player failed to convince Diego Simeone of his talents at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Martins was shipped out on loan to AS Monaco in January and he has apparently caught the attention of Unai Emery’s Gunners with three goals and three assists in his first eight appearances for the French club. That being said, should Emery reignite his interest in the 23-year-old winger this summer?
Without a shadow of doubt, yes. The Gunners have a really exciting attacking unit but lack a genuine winger in their ranks. To solve that problem, Emery signed Denis Suarez on a loan deal from Barcelona in the January transfer window. However, the Spanish midfielder has failed to impress since his move to Arsenal, managing just six substitute appearances.
It won’t come as a surprise if the Gunners send the on-loan star Suarez back to Barcelona at the end of the season as he has done very little to hope for a permanent transfer. In fact, Emery should do that and go all out to sign Gelson Martins from Atletico Madrid to add pace and creativity to his squad.
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The Portugal international is a very dynamic player and his raw pace and direct running would make Arsenal more potent during counter-attacks. Martins’ willingness to run at defenders should make him a perfect fit for Emery’s system which demands the wingers to burst forward with pace and take on the opposition’s full-backs.
Martins is a highly talented player and his qualities are certain to excite the Arsenal fans. He would be a sensational long-term signing for the Gunners, solving the team’s problems at wide department.
All in all, Emery could also be the right man to take the former Sporting man’s game to the next level.
This 22-year-old Arsenal target from last summer would be absolutely ideal for Emery to replace Aaron Ramsey
Arsenal Opinion: Why the Gunners should go all out to sign Djibril Sow?
Back in April 2018, a report from the Daily Mirror claimed Arsenal were tracking Young Boys midfield ace Djibril Sow.
Young Boys signed Djibril Sow from Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer of 2017 and he is coming of age in Switzerland, winning the Swiss Super League in his debut season itself.
The 22-year-old has grown leaps and bounds in the last two years and played in all six of Young Boys’ Champions League group-stage games this season.
Now that the Sow has enjoyed another solid season in the Swiss Super League, Arsenal should definitely reignite their interest in the midfielder and sign him this summer.
Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal’s current longest-serving player, will end his time with the Gunners at the end of the season to join Italian giants Juventus. The Welshman remains one of Arsenal’s most talented stars and still plays a key role in Unai Emery’s first team.
He might have divided opinion amongst the fans since joining the north Londoners but his commitment and ability to deliver headline moments have rarely been in question.
Down the years, Ramsey has been the one to provide the Gunners with impetus and drive from the midfield that has proven so crucial in big games.
The Welshman has been a committed player ever since arriving at the Emirates Stadium from Cardiff City and his departure this summer would leave a big hope which Emery needs to address ahead of the new season.
Djibril Sow could be that player for Arsenal, although he won’t be a like-for-like Ramsey replacement. Sow is a versatile player, adept at playing in different positions across the midfield. His skill-set is rather unique in itself and when coupled with his energy and ability to break attacks, the Swiss becomes incredibly hard to come up against.
The 22-year-old boasts a wide passing range and can link up play quite brilliantly from the middle of the park. He is also physically strong which helps him protect the ball and make lung-busting runs from midfield. Sow has a lethal right foot that is capable of delivering screamers, although he isn’t exactly known for his goal-scoring prowess.
The acquisition of Sow will undoubtedly bolster Emery’s midfield options at the Emirates. Arsenal already have some promising midfield talents in their ranks such as Lucas Torreira, Mateo Guendouzi, Grant Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny all vying for a place in Emery’s first-team.
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The addition of Sow will add more competition for places within the Arsenal squad which could help them cope with injuries and suspensions better next season. Hence, it seems like the young Swiss could be a smart addition who’ll add some much-needed squad depth for Emery’s side to compete for the title next season.
Arsenal should leave no stone unturned in signing this 24-year-old trickster to solve right-wing conundrum
Arsenal FC Opinion: Emery should move for Brighton’s Solly March
According to TEAMtalk, Arsenal are interested in signing Solly March in the summer, with reports claiming that the 24-year-old Brighton and Hove Albion winger has impressed the scouts with his consistent displays over the course of the season.
March has been in terrific form for the Seagulls after penning a contract extension at the Amex last summer, accumulating a goal and 5 assists from 28 appearances in the Premier League this season.
The former England U21 international has emerged as one of Chris Hughton’s trusted lieutenants in the midfield, with the manager deploying the player on either flank and also through the centre in an attacking midfield role.
March scored Brighton’s late equaliser against Millwall in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup last week and also netted from in the shootout to help the Seagulls make it to the last four.
A youth product of non-league club Lewes, March joined Brighton at the youth level in 2011 and made his senior bow in the Championship in the 2013-14 season. Since then, he has proven himself to be an excellent servant to the club, registering 11 goals and 17 assists from 155 appearances across all competitions.
Essentially a left-winger by trade, March is a tactically-versatile attacker who is capable of playing on either flank and through the centre in a No.10 role.
Blessed with a sound technique and a sweet left foot, March is known for his pace, sharpness, agility and dribbling, whilst also possessing appreciable game-reading abilities and awareness.
To go with his obvious flair and trickery on the ball, March often gets the perfect weight and elevation on his crosses to create chances from the wide areas.
The Englishman also has a keen eye for a pass, makes surging runs into the penalty area and always looks to put his left foot through the ball from outside the box.
March has also made an impact at Brighton with his defensive contribution, high levels of energy and uncompromised work-rate, often chipping in with tackles and interceptions to help out the full-backs. He keeps patrolling up and down the pitch and never runs out of steam.
To put things into perspective, the Arsenal fans might not be over the moon on hearing the news of the club’s links with Solly March but the versatile and energetic winger might turn out to be an important squad player at the Emirates.
The Gunners need to invest in the summer to bolster their wide options and they are probably not going to make Denis Suarez’s stay permanent, with the Spaniard struggling to cope with the physical nature of the Premier League.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has blown hot and cold down the right, and while Unai Emery has Alex Iwobi as an option down the left, someone like March can add to squad depth and also increase competition for places in the first team.
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Emery has often gone in with a 4-2-3-1 formation and he might as well stick to that next season, which would require adequate depth in the wide options.
March has the tactical intelligence, well-rounded attacking and defensive attributes and the energy to play a big role in Emery’s system and, that said, he could prove to be a bargain for the Gunners.
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