Arsenal blessed Lionel Messi the green light to conduct perfect Oleksandr Zinchenko transfer plan
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Arsenal blessed Lionel Messi the green light to conduct perfect Oleksandr Zinchenko transfer plan

Arsenal blessed Lionel Messi the green light to conduct perfect Oleksandr Zinchenko transfer plan

Anyone who has followed Arsenal this season is well aware of Mikel Arteta’s upcoming responsibilities. The notion that the current crop of players can compete effectively in both the Premier League and Champions League is flawed.

The previous eight matches have demonstrated precisely why Edu Gaspar and Arteta are preparing for a change this summer. Stan Kroenke will reportedly make more than £200 million available for new signings in an effort to close the distance with Manchester City.

The north Londoners will host Champions League games for the first time since 2017 during the upcoming season. Arsenal’s return to Europe’s grandest stage necessitates squad enhancements to prevent a decline in performance when injuries and poor form occur.

We are aware that acquiring a new midfielder is Arteta’s top priority. Every day, Declan Rice and Moises Caicedo appear to be linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium.

However, other aspects of the Spaniard’s role may require greater focus. Following Takehiro Tomiyasu’s season-ending injury in March, Arsenal have lacked significant competition at right-back for Ben White due to William Saliba’s injury.

Oleksandr Zinchenko has performed admirably at left-back in his first season with the club, but his defensive vulnerabilities have not helped the Gunners. Kieran Tierney has filled in when necessary, but he is incapable of adapting to Arteta’s evolved tactics.

Tierney could be sold in the summer in quest of regular playing time, leaving Arsenal scrambling to find Zinchenko’s replacement. With a portion of the transfer budget earmarked for the midfield, Edu and Arteta may be able to find the ideal signing from their native country.

Jordi Alba will depart Barcelona at the conclusion of the current season, marking the end of his 11-year tenure with the La Liga champions.

The 34-year-old has won six La Liga titles, five Copa del Rey trophies, and the Champions League, making him a serial winner and one of the game’s greatest left-backs of the last decade.

To comply with La Liga’s financial fair play regulations, his contract in Spain will be mutually terminated one year early. Alba will be one of several Barca stars to depart in the summer, along with Jules Kounde, as part of their efforts to re-sign Lionel Messi.

Ironically, the Argentine was among the many footballers who wished Alba well after his announcement on Wednesday. On Instagram, he wrote, “You were more than a friend, a genuine partner on the court… And how wonderful that we can also appreciate how well we get along personally.

“You already know that I always wish you and your family the best; may your new chapter continue to be filled with success and happiness.” Thank you for all, Jordi.”

Messi was accompanied by Neymar, Luis Suarez, Thiago, and Andreas Iniesta in paying tribute to arguably one of Spain’s greatest left backs.

Many Arsenal supporters may be opposed to the idea of bringing Jordi Alba to the Emirates Stadium. At the age of 34, he is nearing retirement and lacks the speed that made him so valuable to Barcelona’s team in the past.

However, there are valid reasons why he should be on Arteta’s list. First, he has made over 80 Champions League appearances over the course of his tenure, in addition to 386 in Spain’s top division. During the latter stages of the current season, Arsenal have lacked experience. That’s one checked mark.

Alba has accepted a supporting role for Xavi’s squad this season owing to the emergence of Alejandro Balde and the summer arrival of Marcos Alonso from Chelsea. The Spain international will not arrive in London demanding to be the first-choice player, so his availability can benefit both parties.

The former Sevilla player is more than qualified to play in the back four. FBREF ranks Alba in the 84th percentile for completed passes and the 99th percentile for progressive passes (passes that advance the ball towards the goal line of the opposition or any pass into the penalty area).

Additionally, he ranks in the 90th percentile for contacts in the opponent’s penalty area and the 84th percentile for successful take-ons.

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Obviously, Alba is not a prospective signing, and if Arsenal had not qualified for the Champions League, he would not be required. Nonetheless, due to Arteta’s competition with Europe’s elite as well as England’s, Arteta’s divisions must contain competent players.

Arsenal blessed Lionel Messi the green light to conduct perfect Oleksandr Zinchenko transfer plan