Arteta considers Serie A star the perfect midfielder to help him rotate his team

Arsenal has been linked with a move for Ismael Bennacer after he built his senior career in Italian football and now plays at AC Milan in Serie A.

The midfielder was on the books of the Gunners until 2017, when he left them to join Empoli and did well for them to earn a move to Milan.

He has been a key player for the Milanese side and continues to show he has the quality to thrive at one of the top sides around Europe.

Several clubs want to sign him and Fichajes reports Arsenal is one of them before revealing why Mikel Arteta is desperate to add him to his squad.

The report reveals Arteta believes he is the perfect player to alternate if he does not have Thomas Partey or Granit Xhaka available to play in any fixture.

Just Arsenal Opinion

Bennacer has developed into a top player in Serie A which, makes him one of the finest men we can add to our group at the moment.

Xhaka and Partey remain our main midfielders, but Bennacer will be an upgrade to Mohamed Elneny and Albert Sambi Lokonga if he makes the move to the Emirates.

But he will likely not come cheap because Milan will be reluctant to allow him to leave them unless we pay a huge fee.

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  1. From all indications, this winter will be a midfielders window.

    Though there might be a shortage , of quality strikers available this Winter, can’t say the same about midfielders.
    They are so many midfielders with just a few months left on their contract, some with real qualities.

    Even with our traditional shoe string budget, we should be more than able to get quality incomings.

  2. Deeplying playmaker with a good passing range and a tenacious tackler, comfortable in the 6 and 8 position, right age profile and was in our academy so already knows inside the club, ticks a lot of Boxes, however Milan’s asking price for him will probably be north of £40M, so question is will we have enough leftover of our budget to be able to afford that after bringing in a forward player which is the priority with Jesus’ injury? I think we can sign someone like Amrabat for less money.

  3. Definitely developed into the player we all thought he would be a few years ago, but not sure he would be as happy as Mo or Sambi to spend a lot of time on the bench. Worth a try though.

    1. Bennacer wouldn’t need to warm the bench too much, he should play every other game, as Partey and Xhaka’s sub as we will be in the ucl next season,
      Somehow I feel Danilo is the man we’ll sign, I also hope we sign Mudryk, I feel he could work well as a false 9, here’s to a wonderful start against Westham.

  4. He would be fantastic addition. He’s not a player to play +50 games a season as he usually misses about 10-15 matches due to injuries etc. so excellent for rotation.

    He’s counted as homegrown too isn’t he?

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