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TBR View – Why Arsenal should revisit reported Hakan Calhanoglu interest

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TBR View – Why Arsenal should revisit reported Hakan Calhanoglu interest

The Turkish playmaker has been impressive since the restart.

Back in January, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was reportedly interested in AC Milan star Hakan Calhanoglu.

The Daily Mirror suggested that the 26-year-old was in the sights of Arteta as he looked to shape a new-look squad.

The Turkish player has operated as a left-winger and as a No.10 this season and on current form, the Gunners should prepare to revisit their mid-season flirtation.

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Calhanoglu has been like a man possessed since the restart. His six goals and eight assists have revived the Milanese giants, who haven’t lost since the return to action.

Arsenal will be in the market for a few additions this summer. Arteta oversaw an eighth-place finish last season and will want to build on that.

The Gunners could still win the FA Cup at the weekend but the bread and butter of the league will be deemed a priority for the boss.

With Arsenal’s place in Europe next season currently undecided, the club may have to alter their shortlist accordingly.

 

Calhanoglu should come at an affordable price, however, and Milan were keen to offload him in January.

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In some games since the restart, the Gunners have missed Mesut Ozil’s creative spark. The challenge for Arteta next season is to address that.

The fact that Calhanoglu can operate on the left flank or in the hole behind a striker would make him an attractive signing.

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A 47-time Turkey international, Calhanoglu has really hit the ground running since football returned and Arsenal have to be interested.

Arteta must make sure he gets his transfer dealings spot on in the summer. Arsenal need to improve next season and the transfer business completed will largely determine whether that will be possible.

His creative spark, an eye for a goal and his silky array of passing make Calhaoglu an interesting proposition for the Gunners this summer.

 

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