Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Nuri Sahin Would Be Ideal Replacement for Alex Song

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IAugust 23, 2012

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 18: Nuri Sahin of Real Madrid warms up during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Malaga CF at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 18, 2012 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Nuri Sahin can help ease Arsenal's pain of losing midfielder Alex Song to Barcelona. 

In fact, considering the 23-year-old Turkish international is basically the same player as Song, he can full-on eliminate the pain. The news of Sahin's pending loan to Arsene Wenger's club comes from's Wayne Veysey:

Nuri Sahin is set to join Arsenal on a season-long loan from Real Madrid in the next 24 hours.

The deal had stagnated over the terms of the buy-out option should the Gunners decide to make his contract permanent in a year’s time.

Sahin’s destination is also understood to have been a discussion point in the Luka Modric talks between Madrid and Tottenham. 

But a compromise has been reached and sources have told that the midfielder will be imminently confirmed as an Arsenal player for the forthcoming campaign.

Let's take a look at what the dynamic midfielder would bring to the Emirates.


Playmaking Ability

This is how Sahin is most like Song. He's not going to score a ton of goals, but his ability to set up teammates—most notably from a long distance—would be second to none on this squad.

Take a look:

Sahin's long balls are absolutely on point and he looks like he would be a prime candidate to link the defenders and forwards, something that is increasingly important with less depth and talent now up front. 

The German-born star will make things a lot easier on those concentrated on scoring goals, and that can't be overlooked. 


Top-League Experience

Sahin is 23 years old, but in terms of experience, he's basically an aging vet. 

Back in 2005, Sahin made his Bundesliga debut for Borussia Dortmund at the record-setting age of 16. He spent a year with Feyenoord Rotterdam, but Sahin has spent the better part of the past seven years in the Bundesliga or in La Liga, not to mention important experience in the Champions League.

The EPL is certainly a different beast, but it's good that Sahin is no stranger to top-level competition.


A Move That Would Benefit Sahin, Too

During the 2010-11 season, Sahin appeared to be establishing himself as one of the best holding midfielders in the world. Across all competition, he racked up eight goals and 13 assists in 42 appearances.

Then Real Madrid came calling.

Therein lies the problem, however, as it's so hard to find playing time at Madrid, no matter how much they spend to get you. Sahin saw just two starts and four total appearances in La Liga and just four starts in the Champions League, failing to ever find a real rhythm. 

A move to Arsenal would allow him to play top-level competition without having to be absolutely perfect. Sometimes less pressure can really open things up for player.

Should Arsenal and Sahin agree to a loan, it appears to be a situation that would benefit both sides.