Although they may not reach the heights of that great side, Mikel Arteta certainly has brought a feel-good factor back to the side following years of underperforming.
It helps that the Spaniard has delivered an excellent transfer window thus far, adding in quality players such as Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City, while midfielder Fabio Vieira has joined from Porto.
With another winger seems high on the priority list for Arteta, he would be wise to add another midfielder to his squad and bolster his squad depth too.
Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio has been linked with the London club and it’s reported that Arsenal are leading the chase to land the player.
With the Gunners in the driving seat, this price represents excellent value for a player who is a serial winner at club level, winning three Champions League titles and three La Liga crowns amongst a host of other honours.
At 26 years of age, the Spaniard is arguably just approaching his prime years, and playing in an Arteta side would allow him to display his talent and he could form a scary duo with Jesus in the side’s attack.
Last season, the pair contributed 18 goals for their respective sides without ever really being first choice. Both generated over three shot-creating actions per match when they did feature in the starting XI, with Asensio (3.38 per 90) and Jesus (3.74) always being a genuine goal threat.
Asensio could be the perfect foil for the Brazilian attacker, with the Spaniard making one key pass per match in La Liga last season, he could get into positions to make important passes that will give Jesus legitimate chances to score.
New Manchester United midfielder, Casemiro, once described the 26-year-old as “magical” and his aforementioned attacking stats certainly back up this praise.
With only one eight-minute La Liga cameo so far this season, his role at Real Madrid appears to be diminishing. Arsenal should be taking full advantage and bringing Asensio to England. He and Jesus could just be a mouth-watering partnership for the Emirates Stadium faithful to enjoy.