Arsenal embarked on something of a mini clearout in January and one man to leave the Emirates Stadium in a mid-season window that was comparatively busy by the standards of a top six side was Theo Walcott.
The England international joined Everton, at the end of a prolonged period in north London which was epitomised by Walcott’s inability to really kick on and improve on his weaknesses.
That malaise was symptomatic of an Arsenal side who exhibited the same old failings year in, year out and in the end, it was best for both sides for a change to be made.
Arsene Wenger’s Gunners need a reliable creator from out wide, someone who can be an upgrade on both Walcott and Alex Iwobi, and one man who could well provide that is Red Bull Leipzig’s Emil Forsberg, who is valued at £22.5million by Transfermarkt.
We’ve taken a look at the numbers behind the Swede’s performance in the 1-0 Europa League quarter-final win over Marseille to examine his suitability for a wide role at the Emirates Stadium.
With one assist and four key passes, it’s clear that the right-sided midfielder could produce end product for Arsene Wenger’s team and 11 crosses are further evidence of a man who is not afraid to keep trying to make things happen.
With four dribbles and five tackles, he covers round well, in keeping with Leipzig’s high-energy game-plan, and he could add some much needed zip to Arsenal’s attacking play.
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