Arsenal Transfer News: Analysing the Impact of a Claudio Marchisio Arrival

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistMarch 13, 2014

ROME, ITALY - JANUARY 25:  Claudio Marchisio of Juventus greets the fans during the Serie A match between S.S. Lazio and Juventus at Stadio Olimpico on January 25, 2014 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
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Claudio Marchisio's fall from the Juventus limelight over the past 18 months has meant that the Italian may be forced to explore other ventures in the summer, with Arsenal among those supposedly hoping to secure his signature.

The Italian international has been linked with a number of Premier League outfits in recent days and the Metro quote the player after commenting on those clubs interested in his talents:

Sometimes I have received phonecalls from agents who told me of the interest of clubs such as Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool.

But no one from these clubs has ever contacted us directly. And in [that] case I would tell them to talk to Juve.

This season has seen the Gunners surge back into Premier League title contention, but that bid looks somewhat derailed due to a lack of squad depth, with injuries to Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and more infamously Abou Diaby affecting their engine room in particular.

However, if Arsene Wenger's side are to move onwards and upwards, it's vital that the club sign genuine upgrades to what's already within their ranks this summer. But does Marchisio represent that step up?

TURIN, ITALY - JANUARY 18:  Arturo Vidal of Juventus (L) celebrates after scoring the third goal with his teammate Claudio Marchisio during the Serie A match between Juventus and UC Sampdoria at Juventus Arena on January 18, 2014 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo
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The 28-year-old has seen his playing time under Antonio Conte diminish somewhat of late thanks to the good form of Arturo Vidal, Paul Pogba and Andrea Pirlo, but Marchisio's talents have been far from ignored.

Serie A expert James Horncastle recently praised Pogba for his work in beating Marchisio to a starting spot:

In 20 Serie A appearances this term, per Squawka, the midfield anchor has played the full 90 minutes on 12 occasions, although just four of those matches have come in 2014, it's worth noting.

However, Marchisio has still managed to create an average of one scoring opportunity per match and a passing accuracy of 87 percent is superior to those tallies of Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey, with only Mikel Arteta boasting a higher completion rate.

Though the tag of "defensive midfielder" has gone out of fashion somewhat in recent years, Marchisio's tackling success is a slightly larger concern, with only 34 of his 85 attempted tackles going in his favour.

That wouldn't necessarily be an issue for Wenger, as a static anchor isn't necessarily something he'd look to employ, so Marchisio's more rounded attribution of disrupting the opposition before looking for forward movements among his teammates could still be a realistic option.

TURIN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 16:  Claudio Marchisio of Juventus salutes at the end of the Serie A match between Juventus and AC Chievo Verona at Juventus Arena on February 16, 2014 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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However, at 28 years of age, the player wouldn't be the longest of solutions, and in the pursuit of furthering the advancement of both Wilshere and Ramsey, his arrival could be a waste of funds.

Al Jazeera's Matteo Bonetti also cites the playmaker's loyalties to boyhood club Juventus as a factor in any departure:

The Metro state that Marchisio's signature could cost somewhere in the region of £20 million, and with his contract running until 2016, Juve are in no desperate need of a sale.

With more time on their hands, the Gunners would be able to find a superior option for that kind of money. At this moment, Marchisio wouldn't go much further than simply adding another option to Wenger's ranks; a Jack of some trades, but a master of none.