After wasting the January transfer window and apparently having very little money to spend this time around, it seems like Unai Emery’s hands are tied at Arsenal. It looks like the Spaniard needs to find some inspiration on the transfer front, and some sound advice can be found on Twitter as Ian Wright has fired his views across on what is needed this summer.
Loads of Arsenal fans will have their own views, and the defence and wings are the main problem areas for most Gunners. However, Ian Wright has picked out a respectable and experienced veteran, available on a free transfer this summer, and the more we think about it, the more sense it would make.
You can often find yourself logging onto Twitter to be faced with some horrendous hot takes from fans and pundits alike, but not this time around. Ian Wright has sensationally claimed that Emery should sign Roma’s departing hero, Daniele De Rossi. The Gunners’ 2nd highest goalscorer in history claimed:
“Arsenal need to bring in De Rossi from Roma!”
“We’ll get 15 games out of him, it won’t cost hardly any money, and the experience he could pass on to the likes of Willock and the other youngsters could be invaluable and money well spent.”
Arsenal need to bring in De Rossi from Roma ! We’ll get 15 games out of him, it won’t cost hardly any money, and the experience he could pass on to the likes of Willock and the other youngsters could be invaluable and money well spent.
— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) 3 June 2019
Excuse the pun, but Wright is bang on the money here. Now 55-years-old, the former Arsenal hitman knows his stuff and is often found on Match of the Day with Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker, so he’s regularly watching Arsenal and knows what they need.
A defensive midfielder was signed last summer when Emery forked out £26m on Lucas Torreira, yet it makes full sense for the Gunners to sign De Rossi on a free. The Italian may be 35-years-old but as Wright claims, they’d get 15 games out of him and the experience he could pass on would be invaluable.
The Gunners have relied heavily on Torreira but it must be remembered that the Uruguayan is still young and to have him paired alongside De Rossi for a season would work wonders for 23-year-old’s development, not to mention what his presence would also do for Willock and other up-and-comers.
It makes it a lot easier that De Rossi is now available on a free seeing as he said an emotional goodbye to Roma after 18 years, having featured 616 times, stats via Transfermarkt. His race is not yet run, though, and whilst he has a year or two left in him, it would be an Emery masterstroke if he secured the veteran for the 2019/20 season.