Arsenal will be dreaming of a double as we begin 2016 and there is no reason that Wenger’s men can’t win both the Premier League and the FA Cup.
Even the most ardent Gunner would admit that the Champions League is a bit beyond them at the moment, but signing players like Ruben Neves can only help the North London club to build a CL challenge in seasons to come.
As Wenger dreams of giving himself a final two or three years of success before hanging up his tactics board, the Frenchman, naturally, will be looking to build for the longer term future of the club – as he always has. Neves, although only 18, would add a great deal of quality to a position that Arsenal have, for years, struggled with.
If the Gunners are to give their fans the league title they so dearly want, it is imperative that they invest in the remaining days/hours of this window to keep their squad both fresh and with enough depth to fight off their typical injury crises.
Here are several reasons that Neves is perfect for the Gunners..
As he has show cased in the Champions League this season, Neves is a top class ball retainer.
The Portuguese teenager has seen over 85% of his passes reach their destination.
Santi Cazorla is often utilised in central midfield by Arsenal to help with their build up from deeper areas, Ruben Neves could allow Ramsey to take back Cazorla’s spot in the centre of the park due to his brilliant distribution.
Where Coquelin is a destroyer in central midfield, Neves, who averages 5 long balls per game in the Champions League, can construct moves from deep and is more Xabi Alonso than Lee Cattermole.
Arsenal still need a bit of a clearout, despite the quality in their squad, and Neves would be a significant upgrade on several of their midfield weaknesses.
From Flamini and Arteta to Rosicky and Wilshere, the club needs a couple of new faces in midfield to make up for the geriatric and the perennially injured.
It is extremely infrequent that you find an 18 year old who has already lit up the stage in the Champions League and dominated games at the highest level.
Ruben Neves, whatever some may think about the age of players, is ready to waltz into the Arsenal first team and could do so from the day he signed.
Not many players who are capable of Champions League football right now will still be playing in two decades time, but Ruben Neves may be a rare example.
In the role he plays, your physique can decline and you can keep your standards up. In fact, many players improve with age in this role and, as proven by Xabi Alonso, you can go well into your thirties.