In focus: Nuri Sahin

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Nuri Sahin's faltering career looks set to be given the kick-start it so desperately needs, with reports in Spain claiming the Turkish midfielder will leave the Santiago Bernabeu for the Emirates Stadium.

Tottenham has also been touted as a potential destination for Sahin, while Manchester United are reported to be keen, but Arsenal would appear to be the place where he can forge his name once again.

Sahin left Borussia Dortmund last summer after steering Jurgen Klopp's side to the Bundesliga title with displays of pure artistry in the BVB midfield, but has failed to make an impact of note with Real Madrid.

The 23-year-old has been unfortunate with injury during his time in Spain and, such is the depth of talent in Jose Mourinho's midfield, has been unable to force his way into contention when fit.

Last season, Sahin made just four appearances as Real claimed the league title for the first time since 2008, and player only a further six times in other competitions.

Sahin possesses the talent to enrich any team in Europe, but with Xabi Alonso and Sami Khedira used as Mourinho's deep-lying midfielders, he harbours little hope of claiming a regular place any time soon.

Real Madrid's loss, however, would be the significant gain of Arsenal with Sahin able to add further creativity and subtlety to Arsene Wenger's side, along with industry and steel.

During his final season in Germany, Sahin ended with 13 assists and with the admirable statistic that no player had created more goalscoring chances in the Bundesliga (104).

Alex Song's emergence as a quarter-back of sorts in the Arsenal midfield was one of the club's highlights of last season, but Sahin would provide Wenger with a more consistent means for finding the feet of his attackers.

The acquisition of Sahin could, perhaps, even allow Song to graduate further up the field, although the defensive qualities of the latter make him the prime candidate to guard the back four.

Sahin, however, is adept in this role himself and is noted for his clean tackling and ability to both read and dictate proceedings in front of the defence.

He is also particularly dangerous from set-pieces, and took free-kicks and penalties during his time with Dortmund, while this ability makes Sahin a threat from range in open play.

Where Sahin does fall down, however, is with the over-reliance on his left-foot - although that is, perhaps, a minor quibble - while he is lacking in aerial prowess.

Sahin does offer comparison to teammate Xabi Alonso with his unhurried style and array of passing, and could yet succeed the latter at the Bernabeu.

Arsenal had tried to sign Alonso from Atletico Madrid prior to his move to Liverpool in 2004. It is regarded as one of the biggest misses of Wenger's career. But, eight years later, the Arsenal boss could have the next best thing.

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