Arsenal fans are likely looking around at their rivals making marquee signings left and right and wondering when theirs will come. Despite, their envy, Arsenal have spent more this window on players compared to any previous summer.
Yet, having seen Cristiano Ronaldo join Manchester United and Romelu Lukaku arrive at Chelsea, it is easy to understand why jealousy lingers.
Interestingly, Ronaldo and Lukaku have joined a long list of players who have left the Italian Serie A in search of a new challenge.
Achraf Hakimi and Gianluigi Donnarumma have both joined PSG. Rodrigo De Paul left Udinese for Atletico Madrid and Cristian Romero joined Tottenham from Atalanta. Plenty more examples exist which demonstrate this increasing trend.
This migration of talent from Italy has coincided with the rise of the national side to the highest heights of the international game. Roberto Mancini guided the Nerazzurri to a Euro 2020 title using players who predominantly all reside in the nation’s domestic league.
Furthermore, other standout performers at the tournament such as Denmark’s Mikkel Damsgaard and Joakim Maehle, Germany’s Robin Gosens, Russia’s Aleksei Miranchuk, and Slovakia’s Milan Skriniar all drew praise. Unsurprisingly all of them play their club football in Italy.
Therefore, it would make sense for Arsenal to take a greater look into the Italian league for their key areas in deep of an upgrade in future windows.
The main areas the Gunners are likely to require major refurbishment are right-back, central midfield, and striker.
Despite having a glut of options in the right full-back position, the overall quality has remained in question. Should technical director Edu be successful in moving on some of the surplus players, looking into Serie A there are a number of options.
The aforementioned Joakim Maehle operated as a left-back for Denmark but is more naturally a right-sided player. With six assists for Atalanta last season, the Dane could provide both quality and versatility to the Arsenal squad.
Takehiro Tomiyasu has been linked primarily with Tottenham in the current window, but the Bologna man has not yet moved. The Japanese international has flourished at both right centre-back and right-back in Italy and the 22-year-old could add the defensive solidity to a position of which this trait has been questioned.
In midfield there lies a plethora of opportunities for Arsenal to invest. AC Milan’s Franck Kessie is the perfect example of an all-round, athletic player who could provide plenty more mobility than Granit Xhaka can currently muster. Alternatively, Napoli’s Fabian Ruiz has more of the pass progression that the Gunners have been craving.
Up top, Arsenal have already been linked with Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic amongst a number of clubs. The Serbian bagged a bucket-load of goals and is tipped to become one of the continent’s most lethal forwards.
Arsenal were also linked to the well-known Argentine Lautaro Martinez but with him committing to Inter Milan, seemingly for the long-term, Torino’s Andrea Belotti could prove another option. 20 goal contributions in 35 Serie A games last campaign is a good total and having scored in the first game of the new season, he could be on for another stellar year.
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Arsenal’s history with Serie A isn’t positive in the market. This perhaps is the reason why they haven’t returned to it since signing Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria in 2018 – the Uruguayan has now returned to Italy after failing in north London.
However, the scene is different now, and by 2022 there could be even more gems to prize from the clutches of an increasingly competitive league.
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