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Arsenal have been interested in signing James Rodriguez for a long time and reports suggest that they have a real chance of signing him now.
Yesterday, the Mirror covered a report claiming that the Colombian playmaker wants to leave Real Madrid and sign for the Gunners in this winter transfer window.
The South American has been a bench warmer under the management of Zidane and currently earns (Star) around £170,000-a-week ($208,000-a-week).
As per our link provided above, Ivan Gazidis is already in talks to complete James’ Old Trafford move. The question is, after completing his move, how will he line up in the Gunners starting XI?
Manager Arsene Wenger has got a lot of options in his attacking midfield with stars like Cazorla, Elneny, Xhaka, Ramsey and Wilshere who’s currently on loan with AFC Bournemouth around. Moreover, the likes of Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and record signing Pogba are mainly utilized in attacking midfield as well.
Nigerian international Alex Iwobi has been impressive in the No. 10 position as a replacement for Ozil who’s Wenger had earlier confirmed he’s seeing the Doctor due to some illness, the Nigerian is free to move into the midfield as well. On the other hand, Xhaka is arguably better than all other Gunners playmakers and mainly starts on the middle alongside Coquelin depending on how Wenger wish to utilize his midfield.
Like Xhaka, James is a versatile star who can play anywhere in the attack. Hence, we expect Rodriguez to partner Ozil and Xhaka in the attack behind Alexis Sanchez and play on the left hand side of the attack in Wenger’s 4-2-3-1 formation.