Pragmatic and industrious ball-winners seem to grow on trees in Leicester don’t they. After N’Golo Kante’s rise to stardom from humble beginnings, you could say that Leicester have CTRL + C then CTRL + V this very formula for success. The Foxes have been a joy to watch this season under the tutelage of Brendan Rodgers, but the downside to this is the unwanted attention it brings to his team. The next rumour to be churned out is Wilfred Ndidi to Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal.
According to the Leicester Mercury, Arsenal are looking to test Leicester’s nerve with a £40 million + Granit Xhaka bid, as Mikel Arteta looks to drastically overhaul a first team squad that looks just as dysfunctional as the whole organisation.
How Wilfred Ndidi would fit into Arteta’s Arsenal
Presumably, Mikel will set up the Gunners in a 4-3-3, with a single pivot playing at the 6 and then two hybrid 8’s playing in-front of him. Ndidi is most suited to playing the single pivot within this system. Considering this is the role he holds within Rodger’s current system at Leicester.
He also provides Arteta with the flexibility to play him alongside a partner within an 2 man central Midfield pairing. If circumstances force Arteta to make this move. You could see a pairing of Guendouzi and Ndidi working well together. On paper, the right amount of grit, energy and talent to appease the wanting Arsenal fans.
He would provide any of the traditional ‘Top 6’ with key balance within the engine room. Ndidi has proven, this year in particular, that he can do more than just the ugly side to the game. Watch any of Leicester’s recent performances to realise he has a key role in kick starting attacks and progressing play into the next third of the pitch. This allows the likes of James Maddison and Youri Tielemans can flourish.
Likelihood of the move – Unlikely
As much as Arsenal need the Nigerian, he does not need them. Champions League football seems to be returning to the King Power next season, which offers Ndidi an opportunity to showcase his talents on the big stage.
You could argue that we will see Europe’s elite dismantle this Leicester team. Just like we saw Ajax’s bright young team of the 18/19 team torn apart in the summer just passed. But I believe we still have one full season left to admire Ndidi, Maddison, Tielemans and co together. One proper go at it in the league and Europe, then they might part ways.
In hindsight, that could be seen as quite an ignorant view of what Brendan is building in Leicester. Therefore don’t expect to see Ndidi in an Arsenal shirt anytime soon…sorry Arsenal fans.
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