La Liga has often been the go-to place for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger when in need of a new player with Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal and Gabriel Paulista all making the move to Premier League in recent years.
Former Arsenal men Julio Baptista, Jose Antonio Reyes, Lauren and Davor Suker all previously played for Sevilla, who have a great reputation for bringing through stars of the future. Dani Alves, Sergio Ramos, Ivan Rakitic, Jesus Navas and Luis Fabiano to name a few are more recent examples of that continued tradition still in place today.
Next to join that glittering list of alumni is perhaps is Ukrainian international Yevhen Konoplyanka, who is enjoying a spectacular campaign. It isn't the first time he has been linked with a move to the Premier League but Arsene Wenger should ensure he arrives at Emirates.
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A good fit
Konoplyanka would link and gel very quickly within Arsenal's current squad, who most of whom have made similar transitions to the English game.
Let's not forget that they have one of the most well-respected managers in world football and this is another major attraction for top players to move to the Emirates. Ozil said that Wenger had a big part in his move to north London which shows how vital the boss is for getting deals done.
The Gunners are firing at the top of the Premier League as we enter the second half of the season, so Konoplyanka’s signature could potentially ensure Arsenal go on to win the title, as well as boosting the chances of becoming the first team in the modern era to win the FA Cup three times in a row.
Silverware is what any player is in the game for, so if the north London side win the double this season it could be enough to persuade the Ukrainian to join in the summer if a deal is not arranged for this month.
The move makes further sense as Arsenal do not have many left-sided midfielders other than Sanchez to choose from and when he picks up injuries - as he has done on a regular basis since moving from Barcelona - it is left to other players to adapt to that position as cover - becoming an obvious weakness in the side and unbalancing the midfield.
Other options in Europe?
Only two French clubs are in with a chance of getting the Ukrainian’s signature in PSG and AS Monaco. However, the recent signing or Angel di Maria for the team in Paris would make a move for another left sided winger unlikely.
Monaco are still struggling to establish themselves as a top European side and wouldn't be seen as much of a step up from the current Europa League champions so a France move looks off the table.
In the Bundesliga, only Bayern Munich would be able to attract the player’s services but with the likes of Arjen Robben, Douglas Costa and Franck Ribery still at the club he wouldn't get much game time.
Premier League bound
This then leaves the door open for the Premier League; the big teams being Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United.
Seeing as Chelsea have had a terrible start to the season and don’t look like achieving a top four finish, it is safe to say that the current situation may affect their chances of landing Konoplyanka. Wingers Eden Hazard and Willian are key members of the squad so there would be no need to add Konoplyanka; he is not a player for depth but a first team week-in-week-out starter.
Likewise, Manchester United’s current attacking midfield options include Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Anthony Martial, Memphis Depay and the promotion of Jesse Lingard makes it difficult for all these players to play so competition is fierce.
Konoplyanka is the type of player who would be attracted by Champions League football which safely rules out Liverpool - for this season anyway.
This leaves Manchester City and Arsenal. After signing Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne in the summer, they have a plethora of quality players who can play anywhere across the midfield effectively so their transfer priorities will be elsewhere.
Perfect for Arsenal
The move seems a direct match and with all these aspects considered, it all comes down to the price and Sevilla, who will want to maximise the value of their Ukrainian maestro.
With so many crazy amounts of money thrown around in transfers at the moment, it could take a pretty special bid to prise him away but with the only previous signings this campaign being Petr Cech and Mohammed Elneny, Arsenal should have the funds required to seal a deal and send a clear message to the other juggernaut clubs across Europe.
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