Arsenal are set to continue building their squad in the coming transfer windows with several areas of interest for technical director Edu to consider. The midfield area, in particular, has been highlighted by a combination of factors and has led to links with Lille and Portugal’s Renato Sanches.
The Africa Cup of Nations will pit Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey, who are expected to join Egypt and Ghana respectively to participate in the tournament. Granit Xhaka is also currently out with a major knee injury that will only leave Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Sambi Lokonga as Arsenal senior midfielder options once January arrives.
So it makes sense that ties with several midfielders including Sanches are circulating, but is the ex-Bayern Munich player the right choice for the Gunners? Bailey Keogh and Tom Canton of Arsenal Way had different views on the subject.
Bailey Keogh – Arsenal Fan Brands Writer / Presenter:
Renato Sanches is a quality player and it should definitely be seen as a missed opportunity if we decide not to sign him.
He has shown on football’s biggest stage that he has the ability to be a great club player.
Being available for £ 25million at just 24 is an absolute theft the club shouldn’t ignore, despite injury concerns.
He has elements of Aaron Ramsey in his game, the way he’s able to slide from box to box and he’s pretty impressive in front of goal.
Arsenal lacked a deep-scoring midfielder and Sanches would certainly fill that void if given the chance.
People shouldn’t take his loan to Swansea in 2018 as a reason not to sign him. He lacked self-confidence, still at an extremely young age, and worst of all, he had joined a team that was in danger of relegation at the end of this season.
On the contrary, his mentality of returning to stardom after a difficult stint at Bayern Munich should be another reason to sign him, as he would certainly fit in perfectly with the culture Arteta seeks to instill at Arsenal.
A pivot between him and Thomas Partey would be a nuisance to any opposition, and while Sanches is able to stay in shape, there is no doubt that he is one of the best young midfielders in world football.
Tom Canton – Writer / Presenter of Arsenal Fan Brands:
Renato Sanches is far too injury prone. I cannot deny that he is a quality player and it is no surprise that Bayern Munich were so keen to tear him away from Manchester United when he left Portugal.
If Arsenal are to invest significantly in a player, there must be assurances about the return that player will bring. If he was able to stay in top form for the majority – if not all – of his Arsenal career, I have no doubt he would be able to.
However, by simply looking at his record according to Transfermarkt, it becomes painfully clear that this seems like a fancy idea. Every year since 2017, Sanches has missed games. In fact, in total, despite being only 24, Sanches missed 71 games.
Arsenal fan and physiotherapist Dr Rajpal Brar had his own say and cited the type of injury and increased intensity in the Premier League being too much for the midfielder when asked if he would sign Sanches.
There are other more viable options as alternatives such as Tyler Adams, Denis Zakaria, Bruno Guimaraes and Yves Bisouma which do not suffer from the same level of risk. Sanches is good but the Gunners need to be smarter with their investments.
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