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As one of Emery’s former disciples, it’s no surprise that these links are so incredibly strong. The Argentinean worked under the Spaniard back at Sevilla, where the duo won back to back Europa League titles. Emery clearly believes the Gunners don’t have a player in that mould, one that’s versatile enough to be a holding midfielder AND attacking midfielder.
The 30-year-old has a €20m release clause that the Gunners could activate, despite the public resistance from Sevilla. This makes him an affordable option, but with the midfielder being on the wrong side of 30, would this be a short-term or long-term option?