Following the niggling injury to Santi Cazorla, Arsene Wenger has been in the search of a creative midfielder in the stead of the diminutive midfielder.
According to reports, Arsenal are preparing a deal for AC Milan dribbler Mbaye Niang as they look to signing reinforcement for creative midfield position.
With three goals, three assists and 15 chances created for the Rossoneri this term, it’s clear to see that the 22-year-old is trying but hasn’t quite got the consistency to match up his talent and potential at present.
He’s a player whose stock has stagnated over the past two seasons. The fact that he’s versatile enough to play on either wing, as well as being able to do an effective job in a lone centre forward role, would definitely look appealing to Arsène Wenger as a long-term option going forward.
He has only played a full 90 minutes for Milan on two occasions since the start of October and despite a tendency to underperform at times, he can also impress with his defensive workrate out of possession as well as the number of successful dribbles and key passes he usually makes.
With all of that in mind, Arsenal’s reported interest is no surprise for someone in the mould of a Danny Welbeck-type player with less of a notorious injury history. It represents a low-risk acquisition and one that could prove beneficial in the long-term, but it remains an unlikely possibility at the moment.