With Ruben Neves, Arsenal will have Xabi Alonso 2.0?

28 Jan 2022 | 08:38 | Football

 The London Gunners have put the Portuguese midfielder in the sights. This promises to be a quality deal for the Emirates Stadium team.

Arsenal are trying to recruit at least one more midfielder before the January transfer window closes. Currently, in the hands of coach Mikel Arteta, only Thomas Partey can bring confidence. Mohamed Elneny was not used, Albert Sambi Lokonga was inexperienced, Granit Xhaka often made silly mistakes that cost the home team.

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 Arsenal need more midfielders.

However, finding the right contract is also quite difficult. Arthur Melo is ready to join Arsenal, but Juventus want to add a mandatory purchase clause. Georginio Wijnaldum is not interested in returning to the Premier League, but wants to continue to stick with PSG in search of a starting position.

Gunners therefore had to turn to another target. Ruben Neves is one of the names that the Emirates Stadium team considers. The Portuguese midfielder is the conductor of Wolves – the club is currently ranked 8th in the Premier League table. Neves has 2 goals and 1 assist in 19 appearances so far.

However, that is not enough to describe the talent and influence of the 24-year-old star. Neves often acts as a deep midfielder, as a “cover” for the defence, similar to what he is doing in the Portugal national team shirt. What sets Neves apart from players of similar roles is his technique and excellent passing ability.

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Neves is a target that the Gunners pursue. 

Good vision helped the 1997 midfielder to distribute the ball all over the pitch. According to statistics from Fbref, Neves’ successful passing rate at short – medium – long distances in the Premier League this season is 82.4% – 88.3% – 72.9%, respectively, an unprecedented performance. equally stable.

The technical style of kick helps Neves easily escape from the opponent’s closeness. In particular, the 24-year-old midfielder has an impressive long-range shooting ability. The goal against Man Utd in early January is a prime example. In other words, Neves is a mixture of defensive midfielder and attacking midfielder, reminiscent of the legendary Xabi Alonso.

Neves therefore promises to be a good partner with Partey. Not only supporting interception in the midfield, he is also a place to provide the ball for the upper line. The Mirror said Wolves could consider a fee of £50 million or more for the former Porto player.