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‘Absolutely amazed’, ‘exceptional quality’: Reported Arsenal target has Arsene Wenger seal of approval

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‘Absolutely amazed’, ‘exceptional quality’: Reported Arsenal target has Arsene Wenger seal of approval

A player who has recently emerged as a reported transfer target for Arsenal was previously hailed by legendary Gunners manager Arsene Wenger.

According to Spanish outlet Marca, Arsenal are eager to sign Real Madrid attacker James Rodriguez at the end of the season.

The Gunners could be set to bolster their ranks this summer given what a difficult season it has been for them, with Mikel Arteta steadying the ship after replacing Unai Emery at the Emirates Stadium.

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Rodriguez, meanwhile, is back with Real Madrid this season following his lengthy loan stint at Bayern Munich but is out of favour under Zinedine Zidane, having made just 13 appearances this term.

The 28-year-old burst onto the scene after impressing with his country at the 2014 World Cup and winning the Golden Boot, prompting Real to sign him from Monaco for a reported £63million.

Rodriguez initially impressed for Los Blancos, with 13 goals and 13 assists in La Liga in his first season, but he wasn’t able to hit those same heights going forward amid injuries and loss of form.

As a result, the £45million man (Defensa Central) looks set to leave the Bernabeu, and according to Marca, “Arsenal remain significantly interested, and they have the biggest chance to sign him”.

In an interview with beIN Sports from 2014, as cited by The Mirror, Wenger said: “I know Rodriguez well because he plays in the French Championship for Monaco and I was absolutely amazed by the quality of his games.

 

“For me it was the intelligence of his passing, the suppleness of him and the fluency of his game. It also was the speed of his decision making. The penetrative passes he made were just absolutely fantastic. You just wanted to see him have the ball and when you want somebody to have the ball it is always a sign of exceptional quality and he definitely has that.”

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Rodriguez is undoubtedly a talented player, once considered to be amongst the best young players in the world, and on his day he is unplayable.

Admittedly he may haven’t had the best time at Real, while Bayern opted not to make his loan deal permanent, and he’s had his fair share of injury issues over the past few years.

However, Arsenal still ought to take a chance on him – he would be a high-quality marquee signing which would create a huge buzz around the Emirates Stadium.

A versatile midfielder and attacker who thrives in the number 10 and number 9 position alike, Rodriguez boasts pace, technical skills and great vision, can play with both feet, and gets plenty of goals and assists – it’s worth a shot.

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