Opinion: Arsenal must do all they can to secure Isco deal and Aaron Ramsey could be key

Arsenal recorded a jaw-dropping 19th consecutive unbeaten match in all competitions on Sunday and this result, a sweetest of all wins over Spurs, was achieved without Mesut Ozil – the German suffered a back spasm and was therefore an omission from the squad. Emery’s reluctance to start the 30-year-old in the previous Prem clash shows that he is, perhaps, a square peg in a round hole – a problem to which Real Madrid’s Isco could be the solution.

What’s the word?

Well, The Sun both reports that the playmaker has a strained relationship with Los Blancos‘ new boss Santiago Solari and that, as a result, Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal are in the hunt. Having hardly featured under the new boss and been left out of his side’s midweek win over Roma entirely, the Spaniard surely wants out and and a move to the Emirates makes by far the most sense.

Meanwhile, with the Welshman set to depart in the summer as the club allow his contract to expire, Aaron Ramsey is surely looking for new employers and reports suggest that he could be subject to a spectacular pre-contract offer from the Bernabeu outfit in January.

Unai Emery and co should be hoping that the proposal is too good to turn down for their number 8 and that this deal could give them the advantage in their Isco pursuit. Additionally, the former Valencia man was given his Los Murcielagos debut by the man currently in charge of the Gunners – a reunion in the new year would be sensational.

Classy Isco

The 26-year-old was a key component of Zinedine Zidane’s all-conquering Real side last term as he chalked up seven goals and seven assists in 30 La Liga appearances – all while competing with the esteemed company of Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema for starting spots.

Capable on either foot, the maestro is also adept on on either wing or as a number 10 and this versatility would be of huge importance to a manager who has a tendency to chop and change shape mid-game.

Among strengths listed by WhoScored are his passing, dribbling and long-shots, all of which are wonderful qualities to have in an attacking midfielder. Should the big heads at the Emirates see the huge impact that he would have, signing the number 22 would be a massive statement of intent from a side who want to replicate their noughties success.

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