Arsenal are trying all they can to find someone that’s good enough for them, but that will only come on loan as their finances are for some reason severed (Kroenke? Hello?).
In steps Ivan Perišić. There haven’t exactly been murmurings of discontent from the World Cup star, however, he has openly said that he would be keen to move to the Premier League before his career comes to an end.
Man Utd seemed close to securing his signature in the summer but now Arsenal are front-runners. The deal would be a loan with the option to buy for around £35m…
Style of Play
I have been a big fan of Ivan Perišić since his Brugge/Dortmund days. At 6ft 1in, he’s a powerful winger with quite ridiculous pace for his stature. Ambidextrous, the Croat can play on either wing, giving him an added sense of unpredictability. A full-back’s worst nightmare.
What’s interesting is his willingness to cross from very wide, on the touchline almost. At Inter this worked a treat with his pinpoint balls finding Mauro Icardi more often than not. It would be intriguing to see if this continued should he join Arsenal because we all know a certain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would be on the end of them. A dangerous partnership?
A direct runner that Arsenal so desperately need, the only issue could be his age. After bringing in 30-year-old Sokratis and 35-year-old Stephan Lichtsteiner, is another ageing player really who Arsenal need?
At 29, Perišić is without doubt in the prime of his career, but how long will he be able to keep that up? It’s common knowledge amongst the footballing community that once you hit your thirties, it’s the beginning of the end (unless you’re Zlatan).
Perišić has the potential to be an instant hit in North London and could really help them kick on in the fight for the top four, but long term? Not too sure…
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