From Real Madrid to Arsenal On Loan
Nuri Şahin’s last moment as a Borussia Dortmund player was coming to the sickening realisation that he partially tore ligaments in his right knee.
Having completed gruelling rehab on his right knee, the beginning of his Real Madrid career was further delayed by an injury to his left knee. A few niggling injuries here and there left him behind the eight-ball from a tactical perspective, which is the only valid reason why José Mourinho never gave Şahin a fair go.
Even when the Turk played well against Sporting Gijón and Granada, he was still harshly subbed off by Mourinho.
Against Gijón, Şahin hit the crossbar, pressed hard and was a creative outlet in midfield. Against Granada, Şahin completed 88 percent of his passes, won the ball back five times and orchestrated Real’s midfield in the first half.
Şahin oozed of class in games against APOEL, Ajax and Dinamo Zagreb.
If Arsène Wenger can coax Real’s management into inserting a £12-15 million buyout clause, then Arsenal will be short-changing Real like they short-changed Borussia Dortmund. Mind you, Dortmund screwed themselves over by including a €6 million buyout clause in Şahin’s contract.
Signing Şahin would leave question marks over one of the Gunners’ most consistent players in recent times—Mikel Arteta. Şahin’s defensive ability is just as good as Arteta and the Turk is a better deep-lying playmaker.
Yann M'Vila and Étienne Capoue are obvious transfer targets to fill one of the two pivots. The cheaper option is for Wenger to give Francis Coquelin, who is a dominant ball-winner, a chance in midfield.
Author edit: Şahin's loan move to Arsenal collapsed, which allowed Liverpool to sign the Turkish international on loan.
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