Why Arsenal need to forget Cavani and target his PSG teammate

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If Arsene Wenger wants his Arsenal team to compete for top honours in the Premier League and Champions League at any point in the near future then he should look to recruit one of Paris Saint-Germain’s most influential stars – but not Edinson Cavani.

The Uruguayan has been linked with a January move to the Emirates in the press this week, but with the Gunners already boasting plenty in the way of firepower, this latest development fails to address the team’s current need for a holding midfield star.

And while Cavani may not be the solution, another Parisien has the potential to more than fill that particular void for the north London club: Blaise Matuidi.

The 27-year-old has long been linked with a move to the Emirates and looked to be heading to the Premier League club prior to PSG’s recent emergence.

A defensive midfielder also capable of playing in a more central role, it is Matuidi’s innate ability to break up opposition attacks, hold up the ball and distribution effectively that make him the closest thing to Patrick Vieira since the great man himself.

Arsenal have shown plenty of interest in the midfielder in the past, having been linked with a move for the Frenchman back in January.

Matuidi may have put pen-to-paper on a new four-year contract since then but with a move to Arsenal offering the opportunity to work under Arsene Wenger in the Premier League, he could yet be convinced to part ways with PSG.

The Gunners may have to break the bank to get their man, but if the club is serious about moving forward then a signing of Matuidi’s type is essential.

Sami Khedira is the name currently being bandied about as the solution of Arsenal’s midfield woes but with the Germany international proving injury-prone in recent years, the north London club would undoubtedly be better served by the former St Etienne star.

With financial fair play an ongoing concern for PSG, it could all come down to making the Parisiens an offer that is simply too good to refuse.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.