With the report that Arsenal has pulled out of the Sami Khedira deal due to the German’s wage demands, other players have been linked to Arsenal in that position. In this piece, we take a look at possible alternative to the Real Madrid midfielder who the club can possibly sign if the Khedira finally falls through.
1. Morgan Schneiderlin
The 24 year old Southampton midfielder has been one of the unsung heroes at St Mary’s. Adept at stealing the ball off the feet of opponents, he is the archetype defensive midfielder that could slot seamlessly into Arsenal’s midfield. He will add some steeliness to Arsenal’s midfield. He has been very consistent for the South coast club posting impressive defensive figures from midfield. Last season alone, he made an impressive 119 tackles and together with 107 interceptions. Another very astonishing part of his game is his ability to win back possession cleanly, doing that 193 times, which is huge. Which will suit Arsenal especially when it without the ball.
His passing is another asset to his game, making 1430 passes with, 852 coming in attack. With an average of 3:4 tackles, 1.4 clearances and 2.1 interceptions per game, he would suit Arsenal’s style.
2. The Bender Twins
Lars Bender of Bayer Leverkusen has been linked to Arsenal in last two seasons, and he was the subject of a £19 million Arsenal bid that was rejected last summer. He is also a prototype defensive midfielder who is skilled at tackles, ball recoveries, interceptions and passes. With a 77% pass completion rate last season and he averaged 3:37 tackles per game. While he averaged 0.70 key passes by game last season in the Bundesliga. At 6ft 2in, (25), he will bring height, steeliness and pace to Arsenal’s holding midfield.
* Sven Bender of Borussia Dortmund is the twin brother of Lars Bender, and he plays the holding midfield role at Dortmund. He stands at 6ft 1in (25), not as adept as his brother; he nevertheless possess the nous to hold his own in Arsenal’s midfield as they were both schooled in the same 1860 Munich academy.
4. Arturo Vidal
The 27 year old Chilean and Juventus midfielder is a combative player who delights in midfield duels with opponents. A box-to-box midfielder who can also play the holding role, he scored a total of 18 goals last season for Juventus in 44 league and European appearances. Two of his key attributes are his tackling and through balls that he brings while in midfield. Although, his price tag that is in excess of £40 million could be a hindrance. He will bring combative traits to Arsenal’s midfield. A player Arsene Wenger described as an athlete akin to a marathon runner that never tires.
5. Daley Blind
The son of Ajax legend Danny Blind has been linked to Arsenal following his steady World Cup with the Dutch; he is a versatile player who can play in defensive midfield and at left wing back. He featured 20 times in central midfield last season for Ajax. The 24 years might be new on the scene, but he is sturdy.