Arsenal have been making fantastic improvements to their squad since the arrival of Mikel Arteta as head coach in December 2019, and with the club now topping the Premier League table at present, technical director Edu is targeting winter signings to bolster the surge for silverware.
Indeed, with Arteta reportedly handed money to spend ahead of the January transfer market, one shrewd acquisition could materialise in the form of Spanish midfielder Isco, who has recently agreed a mutual termination of his contract with Sevilla.
Reports from Spain claim that Arteta could insist on making a move for the ace in the coming weeks, signing him and maintaining the chest of cash to inject into further departments of the pitch.
And still only 30 years old, the veteran four-time Champions League winner Isco could play his part for Arteta’s title-chasing squad; he knows a thing or two about plundering major silverware.
To say that Sevilla have been lacklustre this season would be a severe understatement; the Red-Whites currently languish in 18th place in La Liga, facing genuine relegation peril with just two league victories all season.
In the league, Isco has exhibited his high ball-playing calibre with a passing accuracy of 87%, creating two big chances and averaging 1.4 key passes per match despite his side’s troubles.
And chipping in with 1.3 tackles per outing, Isco did not shirk away from his defensive duties, something Arteta will duly note given the relentless pace of the Premier League.
With Martin Odegaard Arsenal’s captain and creative focal point starring, Isco would likely not find a spot in the starting line-up with any regularity, but his presence within the squad could give the Norwegian ace some welcome respite, and bolster the Gunners’ hopes of indeed securing that coveted Premier League trophy.
Once hailed as “magic” by former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino, Isco holds the toolkit to unlock even the tightest of defences, and he would indeed be a valuable asset for a side searching for success.
FBref also state that the former Real Madrid maestro ranks within the top 5% of midfielders across Europe’s top five leagues currently for pass completion, while in the top 3% for rate of interceptions – taking Arsenal’s fluid intensity into account, this refined and dynamic skillset would prove invaluable in the instances of Odegaard’s absence.
With footballing legend Andres Iniesta once waxing lyrical about his “incredible” Spanish compatriot, his talent is unquestionable; Arsenal should swoop.