Monday morning done deal: Arsenal finally secure the signing of £50m Midfield maestro who’s an upgrade to Xhaka, medical to take place after picking jersey number today. - sportupdate
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Monday morning done deal: Arsenal finally secure the signing of £50m Midfield maestro who’s an upgrade to Xhaka, medical to take place after picking jersey number today.



Monday morning, deal made: Arsenal finally signs a £50 million midfield genius who is better than Xhaka. The medical will happen after the player picks out his shirt number today.At the time, Arsenal got a lot of praise for the business they did over the summer. They did, however, break the club record by spending £105 million on Declan Rice. It was an unbelievable deal that should have put them on par with Manchester City, but the rest of their business has been very poor.

The poor soul in this is Jurrien Timber. He was a great addition to the team after coming from Ajax, but he has only played in two games since getting a terrible knee injury against Nottingham Forest on the first day.


After being signed for £65 million, Kai Havertz didn’t score from open play until November. Also, David Raya still hasn’t completely convinced Arsenal fans that he is better than Aaron Ramsdale.So, the transfer window seemed like it would be key for them to turn around their season after losing three straight games around the New Year. They might have to wait until the summer to spend a lot of money again, though, because of FFP.


How Arsenal plans to spend the money this summer

It looks like Arsenal’s main goal for 2024 will be to add a new striker to their team, but they might have to wait until the summer to do that because of the ridiculously high prices being talked about.


If you believe what Ivan Toney recently said, he wants a big move because he is worth £80 million, but Brentford don’t want to sell him in the middle of the season because they lost him for the first half of the season because of betting offenses.


Arsenal will need to be careful about how they spend their cash. The reason for this is that Douglas Luiz, a midfielder they really want, is worth an unbelievable £100m.


Still, Football Insider said over the weekend that the Gunners are “pushing hard” behind the scenes to sign the Brazilian from Aston Villa.Arsenal has made offers for the former Manchester City player in the past, but they have never been higher than £25 million. This was before the midfielder signed a new deal at Villa Park.


It’s also been said that the Villans aren’t in a hurry to give the player better terms than what he has now in the Midlands.


What Douglas Luiz and Granit Xhaka have in common

It was strange, to say the least, that Granit Xhaka quit English sport last summer. The Swiss player had been the bad guy for most of his Arsenal career. He ruined the fun and was always a problem when it came to bad behavior.


But in 2022–23, Mikel Arteta got Xhaka to play in a way that had never been seen before.


Before the 2017–18 season, the Switzerland international played more like a conductor, setting the pace and stopping play. But while Arteta was in charge, Xhaka turned into the best left-sided box-crashing “8.”


He got to the penalty area late and scored his best goals of the season in the attacking phases of play while playing next to leader Martin Odegaard. Xhaka scored nine goals and set up seven others by the end of last season. So, it was strange to see him leave. He went to the Bundesliga and is now playing for Bayer Leverkusen. This is his second great season with the team, and Xabi Alonso’s team is currently leading the league.Luiz, on the other hand, could finally be used to fill Xhaka’s work. To be exact, analyst Ben Mattinson said in November that the Villa player was now playing “very similarly” to Arsenal’s old captain.


This season, Unai Emery’s high-flying team has been led by Luiz, who has scored seven goals and set up six others across all categories. He might be on track to score more goals than Xhaka did last season.


If he was put into Arteta’s scheme, which really seems made for a player with the Villa maestro’s skills, that’s already a good sign. But how are they different?


As we can see, there are a lot of similarities between their jobs and styles. Unless we talk about how many stops and take-ons each player does, they were pretty much the same.


They had the same pass success rate and were very similar when it came to key plays and passes into the final third. There wasn’t much difference between them in terms of the number of goals and assists they scored in 2023–24 and 2022–23.


It’s hard to say if Luiz would have been available in the summer, but the level of play here makes it hard to believe that Arsenal considered Havertz as Xhaka’s substitute instead of the Brazilian. He was made to take over as number 8 from the Swiss.