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Three reasons why Arsenal should bring in Ever Banega

Sevilla midfielder could replace Jack Wilshere

Arsenal have already been busy this summer, wrapping up deals for Stephan Lichtsteiner and Bernd Leno, with Sokratis Papastathopoulos reportedly set to follow. But they’re not done yet.

They’re looking to strengthen the midfield as well. Sampdoria’s Lucas Torreira has been heavily linked with a move to North London, and now reports suggest the club are looking at Ever Banega too.

Sevilla are understood to be prepared to sell the Argentina international for the right price. The Coral News Team have taken a look at why Banega would fit in at Arsenal…

Numbers game

Even if Torreira arrives at the Emirates, one midfield addition may not be enough with the league, Europa League and domestic cups to play for.

Jack Wilshere is set to leave Arsenal when his contract is up, which means a replacement will need to be brought in.

Aaron Ramsey’s fitness issues mean he has to be managed carefully, and Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny don’t have much impact in the final third. There’s definitely room for another creative central midfielder in the squad and Banega would fit the part.

Emery’s man

Unai Emery has plenty of managerial experience and he’s been in charge one of the biggest clubs in Europe at Paris Saint-Germain.

But it’s still going to take some time to adapt to English football. And he has the added challenge of stepping into Arsene Wenger’s shoes after 22 years of wear.

Emery has previously worked with Banega at Valencia and Sevilla. It will help the new boss to have a player who already knows his methods and that he can rely on in the early stages of his tenure in North London.

Proven performer

Banega’s technique and vision would fit in well with the attacking football Emery intends to play at Arsenal. But his experience would also be very useful.

Mesut Ozil and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang are both 29-years-old now. Arsenal don’t have time to wait for a young squad to mature around these two world-class talents. They need to re-establish themselves in the top four and push for trophies while they’re still in their primes.

Banega is also 29-years-old and clearly not a long-term option. But his know-how and quality means he’d be able to make an immediate impact for the Gunners.

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