Although the Gunners looked devoid of ideas at times at the London Stadium, Emery seems to have lost patience with a player who seems to have reached his peak.
Talented and erratic in equal measure, the 30-year-old’s inconsistency has continued to divide and infuriate fans.
With his contract running out last January (and with Alexis Sanchez en route to Old Trafford) the Arsenal board baulked to the playmaker’s demands and rewarded him with a whopping £350,000-a-week deal.
But just 12 months later it appears as though his place in the team is no longer guaranteed and a move away from the Emirates in the summer would suit all parties.
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James Rodriguez – Real Madrid (On loan at Bayern Munich)
The Colombia superstar has seen his game time in Bavaria drop massively since the departure of Carlo Ancelotti last season.
Under Jupp Heyneckes, James featured and helped Bayern win another Bundesliga title but it has been a different story under Niko Kovac this campaign.
His two-year loan deal at the Allianz Arena will be coming to an end this summer and, with no guarantees he will play on his retun to the Bernabue, a move to the Premier League could happen.
How would he fit in?
Kai Havertz – Bayer Leverkusen
Bayer Leverkusen have a long tradition of producing technically gifted midfielders; Toni Kroos, Michael Ballack and Bernd Schuster all made their name donning the black and red strip.
Havertz is the latest midfielder to graduate from the Die Werkself academy and is seriously making a name for himself.
Blessed with a fantastic football brain, incredible skills and great physical prowess, the 19-year-old seems perfectly suited for the English top-flight.
How would he fit in?
Isco – Real Madrid
The struggles of Isco at Real Madrid since his move in 2013 are enough to confound even the most ardent Barcelona fan.
We’ve been running through the tapes and got our notepad out to discover exactly what he would offer Arsenal and how he would fit in at the Emirates.
Age – 22
Place of birth – Cordoba, Argentina
Club – Boca Juniors
Appearances – 65 league games
Goals – 17
Honours – Superliga Argentina de Futbol – 2016/17 and 2017/18
International caps – nine
International goals – none
When it comes to his use for Arsenal, it’s likely we could see an incredibly fluid forward line with Pavon and Henrikh Mkhitaryan switching flanks at will and penetrating defences in the Premier League. This will allow Mesut Ozil to drift more freely in a central role to feed Pierre-Emerick Aubamenyang. All four stars are extremely capable of occupying each others roles, with Pavon also used as forward on occasion, this versatility could be a key reason behind Emery’s interest.
Most of Pavon’s goals are similar in style, he delights in cutting inside from the left flank and firing shots, with plenty of pace, into the far corner. But where he is most lethal is on the counter attack, slipping between defenders, having run off the shoulder, and powering the ball beyond the goalkeeper with his stronger right foot. He’s pretty capable from long-range too but his reliance on his powerful shooting might see a few strikes cannon over the crossbar. He is, though, extremely unlikely to score with his head, preferring to run from deep for back post crosses or mill around in the area for knockdowns.
The 22-year-old Argentine is fairly reliant on his pace when it comes to beating a man, poking the ball past the defender into space and running onto it rather using his close control, which he does seem to lack. This could see him come a cropper against tighter defences like Burnley’s where he can’t get in behind and will need to beat a man with skill.
Crossing and passing in the final third
Pavon’s delivery from wide areas really needs some work with him preferring to hit the ball towards dangerous areas, rather than towards specific team-mates. However, thankfully, it’s more likely his passes will be shorter combinations with other team-mates. He does, though, like to play passes in front of them to run onto rather than neat and tidy and to feet, which could cause him issues in the Premier League.
Pressing and tackling
More important than ever, Pavon’s pressing is certainly a key attribute and is often found rutting around on the wing in an attempt to stifle opponents, regain the ball and start counters. A penchant for sliding in on his foe is a minor mark on his card here, but overall he’ll do well for Arsenal as they look to stymie opponents high up the pitch. The 22-year-old will happily use his strength in shoulder-to-shoulder challenges, but whether his level of physicality will be allowed by Premier League referees remains to be seen. Thankfully, this isn’t a problem which can’t be corrected as he comes to terms with the English game.
With Unai Emery expected to make the Gunners a side who hit their opponents on the counter attack, Pavon could fit in neatly on left wing and help get the ball forward quickly and lay it on to his team-mates, or go it alone. In defensive situations, he’ll do well for the Gunners and is happy to press and tackle back, which could help make Emery’s Arsenal a lot tighter, although some of his challenges are a little risky. His direct running will certainly put teams on the back foot, but the major worry surrounding Pavon will be when he faces teams who defend deep and don’t give opponents much space – such as Burnley. His youth means he can certainly adapt but initially he may take a bit of time to get used to Premier League.
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According to AS, Arsenal manager Unai Emery is ‘moving fast’ to wrap up a deal for Pavon, with another bid of around €30m expected, as that is the value of the release clause in Pavon’s contact with Boca.
Emery has already completed three signings since his appointment as Arsenal’s new manager, with Stephan Lichtsteiner, the full-back, goalkeeper Bernd Leno, and centre-half Sokratis Papastathopoulos brought in from Juventus, Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund respectively.
This deal is on the verge of completion, with reports of the powerful defender’s arrival in the UK to finalise his transfer from Borussia Dortmund circulating. The Greece defender has played his club football in Germany since 2013.
The midfielder wants to leave the club, which could set up a reunion with old boss, Unai Emery. “Playing with high profile players in a big team could be a good progression for me,” he said shortly before the World Cup began. “We all know that the transfer window is open but we don’t talk about it that much,” he added, before pointing out that playing for France was all he was prepared to think about at the time. However, there are reports that Nzonzi’s dad has informed Sevilla he wants out. Arsenal, now managed by Emery, have been linked with the player before.
Arsenal have been in talks with 22-year-old Torreira since before the World Cup began. As talkSPORT.com reported, a £25m deal for the Sampdoria midfielder could be completed this week.
A number of clubs, including Arsenal, have been linked with PSV winger Lozano. He has been a joy to watch at the World Cup where his goal helped Mexico beat Germany 1-0 en route to the knockout stage. “I just think that whoever takes a chance on him will do well,” his national manager, Juan Carlos Osorio said. “His pace and again his ability to take people on, he can play in any league and any place. I think he will be able to – and he has the tools to play – in the Premier League.
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