Arsenal are looking to engage in a fierce battle for the top four spots in the Premier League this season, and Mikel Arteta will be looking for reinforcements to fend off the threat of their Champions League rivals.
There appears to be a desire to spend more money on transfer deals at the Emirates Stadium, with Arteta challenging chairman Josh Kroenke to deliver on transfer promises in recent days.
Edu and Arteta are hoping to move in soon, with a fourth place at stake along with a chance to return to the fortunes of the Champions League.
To achieve their goals, officials will need to explore carefully, and here is a list of four Serie A players who could fit into the law at Arsenal.
Frank Casey (AC Milan)
Frank Kessie is a technically talented and defensively correct midfielder who has played for Milan in the past four seasons, becoming a mainstay in their midfield.
He has started more than 33 games in each of the past four seasons he has played in Italy which means he can be counted on to avoid injury, which is the problem of Arsenal midfielders in recent years..
The Ivorian has six months left on his contract at San Siro, which means he can now be called in for the highly anticipated move in the summer.
Milan are currently second in Serie A behind arch-rivals Inter, and that could mean the 52-caps international could be tempted to stay, but it’s likely that the major European clubs will try their luck by signing the star midfielder.
Dusan Vlahovic (Fiorentina)
With rumors that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could leave the Emirates Stadium either this month or in the summer, Arteta will look for a new striker and be tempted by Dusan Vlahovic.
Much has been said about the Fiorentina striker’s next move with a host of European clubs looking at the striker, who has made 14 appearances for Serbia, scoring seven goals.
The 21-year-old has scored 16 goals in 20 Serie A games this season, making him one of the top goalscorers for clubs across Europe, as Tottenham look to rival Arsenal for the player’s signature.
football. London Realizing that Arsenal are interested in Vlahovic, who will be able to provide a starting point with doubts over Alexandre Lacazette’s and Aubameyang’s future in north London,
The Gunners are the favorites for the 6-foot-tall Serb, though his personal terms could be a stumbling block to any forward move.
Fabian Ruiz (Naples)
Further reinforcements are needed in the midfield at the Emirates Stadium as the site has been an area of weakness for a number of years
One name that many may not know is Napoli’s Fabian Ruiz – a left-footed midfielder who has an impressive reputation having played Champions League football for a number of years now.
He’s started at least 29 games a season over the past four seasons, and that will be a bonus for Arteta, who has often struggled with key players going off at key moments.
Ruiz is a dynamic and efficient ball bearer, ranks highly among his peers in the ball lead, scoring 16 goals without penalty kicks and scoring 13 assists during four seasons in Serie A from midfield.
Ismael Bennacer (AC Milan)
Ismael Bennacer is a player with a similar profile to Ruiz, and he is currently performing well in Milan which looks like a good team this season, and is second behind Inter.
Unfortunately for Arsenal and any of the other potential bidders is the fact that he still has two years to go on his current deal at the San Siro, which means any deal for the 24-year-old would be prohibitively expensive.
It’s a progressive pass, ranking Serie A for all 90 progressive passes this season among all players and ranking first in Serie A for full dribbles all 90 this season among midfielders who have played at least 500 minutes.
This impressive stat will appeal to those in power at the Emirates Stadium, which means the Algerian could be an outside bet for a move to North London in the future.