Eriksen could be the missing link in Arteta's Arsenal puzzle – originally published on Sportslens.com
According to Corriere dello Sport Arsenal was linked to a move for Inter Milan -Midfielder Christian Eriksen.
The Danish international moved from Tottenham Hotspur to Inter previous club in January of this year.
Eriksen has only started 11 league games for Inter and appears to have fallen out of favor with coach Antonio Conte.
According to the CdS, the giants of Serie A are ready to reduce their losses and are planning an exchange contract with Granit Xhaka.
While this seems an unrealistic proposition, Eriksen's move to north London could be ideal for everyone involved.
The 28-year-old is in dire need of a landscape change and moving back to the Premier League (an d London) could help him regain his shape and confidence.
Eriksen played the best football of his career in England, scoring 69 goals with 89 assists during his time at Tottenham.
Eriksen the perfect Ozil replacement?
Arsenal could certainly use someone like him in midfield. Mikel Arteta's midfield looked disjointed this season and they are severely lacking in craft and imagination. Eriksen could be the creative missing link between midfield and attack.
The Gunners were linked to Houssem Aouar over the summer, but the transfer never took place. Arteta also doesn't seem interested in using Mesut Ozil, a player who, under ideal conditions, would be the solution to Arsenal's current problems on the pitch.
The German was excluded from the club's Premier League and Europa League squad. This season and his playing time at the club are over.
The lack of creativity has also affected the performance of their strikers. Both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have struggled to score this season due to a lack of quality assists in midfield.
Aubameyang has only scored two goals in the Premier League this season, and Lacazette has scored three goals. The Gabonese striker has only had 10 shots in the league so far compared to Mohammed Salah (Liverpool) and Harry Kane (Tottenham) who had 34 and 38 shots respectively.
Arsenal is averaging an xG of 1.33 and just over nine shots on goal in the Premier League this season. In addition, there is an average of 52 passes in the last third of the league this season.
By way of comparison, title contenders Manchester City and defending champions Liverpool averaged 77 and 82 last third passes per game in the league.
It is obvious that Arsenal are not taking any chances and are not adventurous.
You need someone to fill the creative void in the page, and Eriksen has the tools to fill that void. Despite a bad season with Inter, Eriksen averaged 2.8 shots on goal, 2.4 flanks, 2.7 dribbles, 1.99 touches in the penalty area, 4.2 long passes, 2.5 runs scored per game in all competitions] Eriksen is a player who likes to make things happen. Aside from his creativity, he also likes to score goals and is not afraid of shooting from a distance.
Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey are all very good players with impressive passing skills, but lack the tools to carve open defenses and unlock low blocks.
Arteta has to invest in a high quality playmaker January who can make a difference in the final third if he wants to compete with the Premier League elite and push for a top 4 place in the Champions League (a title challenge already seems out of reach ). Will Eriksen be that player?