Arsenal must sign Golovin rather than Banega this summer

Arsenal have been linked with Sevilla and Argentina midfielder Éver Banega, with The Daily Star reporting that the Spanish side have already signed his replacement.

What’s the story?

With Sevilla confirming the signing of Roque Mesa from Swansea this week, rumours linking new Arsenal boss Unai Emery with Banega have become even more prominent.

The experienced Banega has played for a number of top European clubs including Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Inter Milan and has a release clause of £17.6m.

However, Arsenal are also in for CSKA Moscow’s playmaker Aleksandr Golovin, as cited by Metro, who is rated at €18m by Transfermarkt and their transfer budget may mean it is Golovin or Banega rather than both.

Who should Emery choose?

A more attacking player than Banega, Golovin has quick feet and likes to use his pace to run at defenders whereas Banega will generally sit deeper and attempt to pick out a defence-splitting pass.

Valued at €18m by Transfermarkt, Golovin scored five goals and created four assists in 27 league games for CSKA last season and can play out-wide when needed.

At just 22-years-old, the Russian youngster has been impressing at the World Cup this summer, with a goal and two assists so far from his side’s three group games.

Banega is clearly a quality player but if Emery wants to build for the future at Arsenal then Golovin may be the better option. With his pace and trickery he could create problems for Premier League defenders and would offer something different to Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.