Mikel Arterta and Edu’s plans for a summer rebuild at Arsenal have suffered a minor setback
Despite having a disappointing season, Arsenal fans were full of excitement in regards to something that might be in store for the Gunners this summer.
This is after Arsenal in the January transfer window trimmed their first-eleven squad as Shkodran Mustafi, Mesut Ozil, and Sokratis Papastathopoulos were all being offloaded permanently.
More departures are expected this summer but new incomings might be up to five targeted signings to improve Arterta’s squad for next campaign.
However, Arsenal will miss out on Emiliano Buendia; Norwich’s attacking midfielder as Aston Villa beats the Gunners in the price and have already agreed a fee for Buendia with the Canaries.
Arsenal is now focused on resigning Martin Odegaard. Although, it may take an offer of £51.5m to even convince Real Madrid to sell the playmaker permanently.
So unless an agreement can be reached, Edu will have to look elsewhere when it comes to signing that all-important number 10 this summer.
And there’s a way he can seal a transfer masterstroke as an option has been revealed that wouldn’t cost the Gunners a single penny in transfer fees.
AC Milan’s midfielder; Hakan Calhanoglu goal and shot creation numbers puts him in a comparison with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Bruno Fernandes (data collected by FBref).
Calhanoglu averaged a 5.99 shot creating action (SCA) per 90 minutes in Serie A this season which is higher than Fernandes (4.88) and 10th overall in Europe’s big five leagues.
The 27-year-old’s output should certainly make the decision-makers at Arsenal take notice as Arteta’s first-team squad can still do with more creativity – especially after the Buendia blow and uncertainty over Odegaard’s future.
Perhaps the most surprising factor regarding Calhanoglu is that he is out of contract at AC Milan at the end of the month and is free to negotiate with clubs.
In addition, earlier in the year reports claimed that the Turkey international had already signed a pre-contract agreement with Manchester United, but that clearly hasn’t happened which means the Gunners are still in with a chance of sealing a deal but only if they act fast.
Should the Gunners sign Calhanoglu, as the stats highlight, they will be getting a player who averaged more shot-creating actions (SCA) per 90 minutes than Fernandes this season.
Judging by the latter’s impact at Manchester United, Arsenal having their own version would be a boost heading into next season.