Arda Turan, the 25 year old Atletico Madrid winger, has been rumoured to have agreed personal terms with Arsenal.
Turan’s agent Ahmet Bulut claimed that the Turkish international wanted a new challenge, and told Turkish television: “Arda has played at Atletico Madrid for two seasons now. I have wanted to see him play for another team in another league and Arda wants the same,”
Although when Turan was questioned on these Arsenal reports while on holiday skiing, he brushed them aside, saying that he didn’t want to be “disturbed.” However, if the rumours are infact true, and Wenger has managed to secure Arda Turan, he could be just the right sort of player Arsenal need.
Turan is traditionally a winger, but can also play more centrally, and would most probably be used by Wenger as a winger, as the Arsenal midfield is great at the moment. However, although Arsenal already have Chamberlain, Podolski, Gervinho, and Walcott for the time being, Turan is a very different player to the triplet of main wingers Arsenal have at the moment.
All the Arsenal wingers, especially Chamberlain and Walcott are fairly reliant on their pace, and all four wingers are not as technically gifted as the likes of Cazorla, Wilshere, and Arteta. However, Arda Turan is a very different type of winger, he is technically as good as the likes of Wilshere and Cazorla, but plays on the wing. Turan is more of a dribbler, and creator than Podolski and Walcott, and especially Gervinho, and a different dimension of winger could be just what Arsenal need to balance their strikeforce.
Turan, therefore, is just the type of player Wenger likes, technically gifted, intelligent, and not a bad finisher either. He does have a 24 million Euros buy out clause, and although this isn’t a whole lot, it’s more than Arsenal paid for Cazorla, and with Turan and his agent looking for a move elsewhere, a cheap purchase in January may appeal to Athletico, as well as Arsenal of course.
On the other hand, if you asked almost any Arsenal fan, they would be very happy to take Turan on board, but would prefer a world-class striker, and a proper defensive midfielder to release Arteta into a more advanced role.
So, although Turan would be a great addition to Arsenal’s ranks, he shouldn’t really be first on the shopping list for Arsene Wenger.