Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners Set to Sign Argentine Midfielder Ricardo Alvarez
Arsenal Transfer News Sees Gunners Set to Land Argentine Midfielder Ricardo Alvarez
Arsenal are almost always at the center of the world's transfer news for one reason or another, and as the transfer window approaches this year, it's clear the Gunners will be movers and shakers once again.
In fact, according to a report from Metro Sport, the Gunners look set to sign promising Argentine midfielder Ricardo Alvarez from his home club of Velez Sarsfield.
Alvarez figures to be in line to replace Tomas Rosicky, Andey Arshavin or Carols Vela in the Gunners' midfield, as Arshavin failed to impress on a consistent basis once again this season. The 23-year-old Argentine scored just three goals in 25 appearances for Velez last season, but he's still drawn comparisons to Lionel Messi in terms of skill level, particularly with the ball at his feet.
If you're Arsene Wenger, this move could be a potential coup. Alvarez represents a fairly low-cost upgrade over any of the Gunners' current midfielders not named Jack Wilshere, and possesses the kind of ball-handling and passing skills to make the Frenchman swoon.
He has the versatility to play anywhere in the midfield, and has the size to even be a force on set pieces in the middle. Pairing him with Wilshere could immediately give Arsenal one of the best young midfield tandems in the sport, with the talent to run roughshod over the Premiership for years to come.
While the move certainly represents a win for Wenger and Arsenal, it does little to fix the team's biggest issues, in the back line and between the sticks. While Wenger has his sights set on several different defenders, but until he actually acquires one of them, this team will continue to let it's rabid fan base down in the hardware department.
That being said, Alvarez represents a major score for Wenger if the reports are proved to be correct. He's got the skills to star in Europe, and figures to be a valuable asset in the midfield at Emirates for quite some time.
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