Should Arsenal have included Milinkovic Savic in our midfield targets?

Sergej Milinkovic Savic is a name synonymous with many Gooners. For the last few transfer windows, the Lazio midfield engine has been linked with a move to the Emirates. In fact, each of the last few summers he has been linked with an exit from Stadio Olimpico, with a report always emerging about how Lazio are willing to cash in on him and inject the funds from his sell-to-squad rebuild.

As highlighted, the Gunners have always been one of the teams keen to get the versatile midfielder. However, this summer, even with the talk of a midfield overhaul, there have yet to be any suggestions. Arteta and Edu have looked Savic’s way, even with the prospect of signing him on a bargain deal.

Interest in Savic has waned. Even the Serie A clubs that would have jumped at the chance of signing him have yet to do so. Juventus were at one point seen as his next destination in Serie A, but their retaining Rabiot and being in the chase for Thomas Partey may make it hard to pull off his swoop.

Arteta, this summer, wanted to bring on board top midfielders to refresh his engine room. It seems he opted to limit his options to signing midfielders with a taste of Premier League football, probably ruling out moves for Milinkovic Savic and Martin Zubimendi. If such a transfer plan pays off, we must wait and see.

Following the past links to Savic, have you been watching him? If so, should he have been a transfer option this summer?

Darren N

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  1. To be honest i wanted Kovatic from Chelsea, the exact type of player we’ve been missing. At 28 he still has many years left at top level and brings great experience.

  2. Milinković-Savić would be a great signing and would improve the team. Even better would be Nicolo Barella, who is a top tier player. Either could help win us the EPL title.

    1. I think it’s better that he waned our interest. I don’t think he’s the player who can be a star player in the Premier League. Mediocre to good in quality, with a relative decline this year in His class, you don’t know how he can be found. He seems a bit saturated to me, maybe a transfer would freshen him up, but my personal opinion is that he is not a player we want. Also at some point We need to have a scouting that can discover cheap players who can then acquire huge value, players from leagues not so well known and not so high level.we do this now…we have the academies but somewhere there are diamonds that are priceless. Let’s see what Brighton is doing and formerly Porto. In my country there are two or three players no more,Which really could turn out to be huge surprises. There is a Korean international playing in my team, who would easily play a leading role in the Premier League. I am sure.However, I don’t see that anyone can ever see him. Two or three such transfers behind the expensive ones would be a solution. Because all the teams want to sell their star.With unreal amounts, as if they want to permanently solve their financial problem. I think that a price cap should also be introduced here by ΟΥΕΦΑ….It would help balance the budget and balance sheet…

      1. Edu is trying to sign a top top Striker, i dont know who but its not Osimhen (much to my dismay) but a friend of mine, who is ITK says Vlahovics agent is talking to 3 premiership teams and one is Arsenal. I am not saying we are signing him, i am saying we are one of 3 talking with his agent.

        1. Hehe. There was a time JA was full of ITKs like Kev, CJ etc. They always disappeared when their predictions failed.

          1. Not a prediction and if you dont want to believe it you are welcome. But Edu is talking with the agent of him, who is in London.. Instead of wise cracks just jog on. Never said he was or wasn’t signing him. The point is we are looking for a new striker which i find pleasing.

            1. @Reggie
              Relax, I wasn’t taking a pop at you, I was just saying ITKs have let us down too much in the past.

  3. Legend has it that Serbians and Kosovans don’t get along, with Xhaka a born Kosovan pending departure one never knows.

    But yes he’s a top talent that has been playing at this level for quite some time.

    He is now out of that age group Arsenal likes to sign for obvious reasons, Lavia and Tchouameni are up our streets.

  4. He is not expensive.

    We don’t just go for good players, we go for players with crazy price tag.

    You think Arteta will ever go for Rice if WH is demanding for 20-30m even if he is obviously twice as good?

  5. I believe One reason for bringing in Rice is the requirement of EUFA on the number of home grown squad players required for the European club matches (eg Champions League).

    As to Savic, I think he is not a quick enough player to fit the current Arsenal style.

  6. Cannot say I’ve ever seen him play, as I never watch Lazio and Serbia. I imagine that would be the case for most on here.

      1. Oh, so most on here do watch Lazio and Serbia regularly then. I never knew of this huge connection between these teams and Arsenal fans.

        I feel I have learnt something today!

    1. Agreed! I can go one further & say that I’ve never even heard of him, and if as stated in the article, Arteta & Edu are obviously disinterested, why write an article about it?
      Personally, I’d rather we didn’t buy any player from the area once known as Yugoslavia…too many nationalistic issues.

  7. Savic, Vlahovic or any other Serbian players will never join Arsenal as long as Xhaka is there. I would rather have a diminutive proven loyal club servant than unproven wildcards. Maybe we shouldn’t buy Serbians players at all to show respect for Granit Xhaka.

    1. There is a stand off and it is the length of time to pay Rices fee. It will impact other signings this summer. We need it longer, Werspam need it a lot shorter.

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