Would Zubimendi be the perfect partner to Declan Rice in Arsenal’s midfield?

According to the Mirror, Arsenal are confident in their ability to sign Martin Zubimendi this summer.

In a detailed analysis of Arsenal’s summer preparations, the Mirror reveals which deals the Gooners may expect. According to that report, Mikel Arteta would be looking for quality players rather than just signing anyone. Gooners should expect three key deals: a midfielder and two attackers. In the midfield, Martin Zubimendi has emerged as the primary target.

The report reveals Zubimendi may be lured by the prospect of playing in the Premier League. So he may be willing to accept a move to the Emirates Stadium. This revelation should be great news to Gooners, as it was previously assumed that the Spaniard didn’t want to leave Real Sociedad. The midfielder has already turned down Arsenal (rumours claim he did so last year), and he was not interested in leaving Real Sociedad in January.

Apparently, the plan for him after he joins is to take over as Arsenal’s No. 6. Declan Rice excels in that position this season. But Arteta appreciates the impact Rice has on Arsenal’s attack, though he uses him as the No. 6. He acknowledges the Arsenal £105 million record signing is technically gifted, and if given a free role in midfield, he is expected to realise his full potential. The aim is to free him up so that he can express himself in the Arsenal engine room. While he does that, Zubimendi, a player who can sit deep, is effective in possession and under pressure, and has an excellent passing range, takes over as the No. 6.

This would result in an Arsenal midfield trio of Zubimendi, Rice, and Odegaard. This will undoubtedly be the next great Arsenal midfield trio in recent times following the Partey-Xhaka-Odegaard combination.

Anyway, before we get carried away, we need to wait to see if Arsenal will activate Zubimendi’s £50 million release clause. Given that his current contract expires in 2027, that is the only cheap price he’d leave Real Sociedad for this summer.

Daniel O

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  1. Good all round worker bee, not as good as the available world class Frenkie De Jong who I have been informed has 1 year left on his contract come the summer, and has turned down an extension from ” cash struck Barcelona”. He is also a fan of Arsenal. Arteta could get the world class defensive midfield general for £40 million. He would definitely walk into this Arsenal side, and his ball touches of 105 per game and average 93% pass rates, not to mention his defensive and creative skills, make his even better than Rice. He would be the perfect partner for Rice to learn from and improve his great skills even further. Arteta and Edu will not get another opportunity to get a world class Defensive Midfield General for just £40 million. Also Santiago Gimenez has a low price tag of £55 million. Those two players with the possible exception of Mbappe, would improve Arsenal and take them to the next level.

  2. If it isn’t untrue, but how come that Arsenal did want activate the release clause of Martin Zubimendi to sign him last Jan window? Which won’t happen because of the FFP, and Premier League Profit and Sustainability Rules that stopped them from signing last winter window.
    On the possibility of Arsenal signing a new defensive holding midfielder next summer. The possibility is Arsenal will likely sign one. But if the injury that Thomas Partey is currently sidelined with continue to resist him from total recovering from it to come back stronger for Arsenal.
    The three midfield enforcers of Douglas Luiz, Amadou Onana and Martin Zubimendi. Could likely be the main contenders for signing one of them by Arsenal next summer.

  3. My doubts with Zubi have always been
    – his size and how he can cope with the physical demands of the Premier League
    – our experience with young Spanish players hasn’t always been palatable; they invariably fall victim of the home-sickness bug. You think of the likes of Fran Merida, the late Reyes and even Cesc Fabregas
    That’s why I go with @daveg. Arsenal should make an effort to get de Jong at all cost. That’s the kind of experience and guile we in that middle of the field.
    OT – Sambi Lokonga seems to be gradually playing himself into reckoning for the Arsenal squad. Are we seeing a long-term successor to Jorginho there?

    1. I agree with De Jong as the number one choice if indeed he is available, but interestingly CM he is the same height as Zubimendi?

    2. Sambi was absolutely brilliant
      against Manure yesterday, a
      MOM performance on both ends
      of the pitch. LT was the perfect
      loan destination for the young
      Belgian and his overall game has
      improved immensely over the
      course of this season.

      I still suspect MA will move on
      from him this summer but ASL
      has proven he can play at a very
      high level in the EPL and will be
      applying his trade somewhere in
      the division

      1. agree Sambi form, but is not a defensive midfielder though, when he was brought in was more of a box-to-box attacking midfielder

        it’s possible he could transition his game to the defensive side, but more of runner with ballthan distributor

        I suspect will be on the ‘for sale’ list at the end of the season to help fund one of the aforementioned

        good to see his value grow on loan vs drop like it seems Tierney et al have (not Tierney’s fault so we are clear, but facts are no chance of the £25m to £30m he might have fetched 2 seasons ago, lucky to get £15m unfortunately)


        To me – and I saw the Luton v United game- he still looked a novice at the level we would need and would demand.

        Not a chance in a million he will return as a player, except perhaps temporarily, while we find a club to move him on to.

  4. If, as seems likely, Elneny, and perhaps Jorjinho leave at the end of the season surely the “improved” Sambi would be the ready made replacement for either?To replace Partey however the bar has to be raised a good deal and a top quality midfielder must be recruited.Of course, if three central midfielders leave, three, including Sambi should be brought in as, imo, Havertz is not a CM and never will be.

  5. Elneny will go when contract expires at end of the season, Partey best days are well gone and so is he in the summer I suspect, Jorginho will go too unless we take up the 1 year extension option (which I can’t believe we haven’t already done!)

    nonetheless, the way things stand, probably lose all three, in which case I think we need two off this list not just one

    that, along with a Defender, is likely to account for most of our summer budget, especially as already on the hook for £30m for Raya

    1. I personally (and confidently) predict that Jorginho and Elneny will BOTH be here next season. I belive Arteta is helping Elneny transfer into coaching mode (maybe with the Arsenal Youth), and Jorginho will probably do the same after being an excellent SuperSub next season.

      1. that would not disappoint me at all, but why are we still seemingly running the risk with Jorginho contract?

        not like there is any fee in offing, just risks him finding an attractive alternative offering him a long term contract

        bossing the Liverpool midfield shows Jorginho still has a lot to offer, hugely experienced at winning major trophies, always available…what are we waiting for???

      2. Agree completely.
        Elneny is more than just a squad player and MA has hinted that he will be with the club in another role.
        Jorginho still has a minimum of one season left in him and his experience will be essential as we defend both the PL and CL trophies!!

          1. My true remarks about how you use hype and distortions, esp in headlines, has obviously hit a nerve then Pat.

            As you constantly feel the need to attempt, though fail, to shut me up. I’d have thought a site admin and controller would not have the TIME to KEEP POSTING critical remarks about your users.

            Too quiet a time at the admin job then?!!

      3. Maybe in a coaching role only, as that is certainly a possibility. I would have no objection if it is MAs wish and decision.

        But I am willing to bet a lot of money that ELNENY WILL NEVER BE OFFERED A NEW CONTRACT AS A PLAYER.

        If that happened we would effectively be admitting any title tilt next season was over even before it began.

        1. Jon, although I agree with you regarding Elneny re-signing as a player, you were saying EXACTLY the same before MA offered him a another contract.
          What a servant to the club Elneny has been, a perfect professional.

  6. Zubimeni would be the ideal DM to play alongside Rice.

    He would allow Rice to make forward runs, and vica versa.

    Again, I would keep Jorghino as a reserve in case of injury.

    His presence, alongside Rice would allow Odegaard to stay forward.

    I think our defence would be strengthened to.

    I think Arsenal are at the stage where every new player must make the team better, and consequently will cost more.

    So I feel we should only buy one or two top class players in the summer.

    I would really like us to go for Lautaro Martinez as our second player (so we could have an Argentina world cup winner like many other Prem teams – ho ho)

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