Arsenal have missed out on top targets in the transfer market in the past, mostly due to Arsene Wenger’s indecision and that has also affected the club’s adversely, the worst being our fifth-placed finish last season.
Wenger, had sometimes last season bemoaned missing out on French midfielder N’Golo Kante who joined Chelsea from Leicester City. The former Caen player was voted PFA Player of the Year after helping the Blues to claim the Premier League trophy, after winning it with the Foxes the previous season.
However, despite the different accolades trailing the France international and Wenger regretting not being fast enough to snap him up, the Gunners boss has been presented with another opportunity of getting it right in the transfer market and he is expected to make good of that by making the move to secure the signature of Everton’s Idrissa Gueye.
The 27-year-old Toffee midfielder has been in the shadow of Kante only in terms of accolades and trophies won but not in performances as his statistics speak well for him.
Playing in a similar position and saddled with the same defensive role, Gueye has thrived in the English top flight as the Blues midfielder and probably more than him.
Despite Aston Villa’s relegation to the Championship two seasons ago, the former Lille man stood out and he successfully replicated that with Everton.
Tasked with making tackles and interceptions, he has more numbers than Kante, in fact than any other player in the league last season.
And that makes him a necessary potential addition to the weak Arsenal midfield. Wenger is aware of the need to add more steel to the club midfield but has arguably failed in his quest to replace Patrick Viera since the departure of the Frenchman in 2005.
Considered as one of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League, Gueye could be the missing link in the Gunners midfield.
Last summer recruit Granit Xhaka has failed to live up to expectations, not to mention the inconsistencies of Aaron Ramsey and Francis Coquelin which has made the Gunners defence to be at the mercy of oppositions.
Wenger will have to quit his sluggish decision-making this time as Gueye who is contracted to Everton until 2020 has also attracted interest from Man United, Valencia, Red Bull Leipzig and Bayern Leverkusen.
The Senegalese will definitely cost Arsenal a fortune which could cost up to £30 million.