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Arsenal should consider battling Leicester for Ibrahima Diallo

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Arsenal should consider battling Leicester for Ibrahima Diallo

Arsenal are yet to make any signings so far in January, and Mikel Arteta and the board have just five days left to do some business.

The Gunners are in need of fresh impetus in a number of areas as they seek to climb their way up the table from 10th position.

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One position Arsenal could do with strengthening is holding midfield.

Matteo Guendouzi has struggled after a bright start, Granit Xhaka’s love of a yellow card remains and Lucas Torreira has been unable to show the form that made him a firm Emirates favourite last year.

One man they should perhaps consider turning to is Ibrahima Diallo, who is reportedly on Leicester City’s radar (Brest On Air podcast, via GFFN).

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The 20-year-old, whose brother is Paris Saint-Germain defender Abdou, has turned out 21 times for Brest so far in 2019/20 and has really been making a name for himself.

The Leicester Mercury report he has been compared to N’Golo Kante due to his small size but tireless work ethic.

 

Kante famously turned down Arsenal (Sky Sports via Daily Mail), so perhaps a move for Diallo could be a means of potentially making up for that oversight.

TBR’s view – Diallo could be brilliant under Arteta

Diallo could be the man to bring some much need bite to the Gunners midfield.

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According to WhoScored, in the league he makes 2.1 tackles per 90, which is more than Guendouzi (1.5) , Xhaka (1.8) and Torreira (1.4).

With a pass completion rate of 86%, Diallo is fairly competent in possession and more holds his own against Arteta’s current three options. Interestingly, that is actually higher than Kante’s rate of 84%.

Arsenal are crying out for an all-action type of midfielder, and the highly rated Diallo could be a great addition – certainly, if Leicester are looking at him, he must be a player with excellent ability and potential.

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