Our North London rivals unwittingly helped us to sign Mesut Özil back in 2013 (via The Telegraph), with their sale of Gareth Bale opening the door for the German World Cup winner to leave Real Madrid.
They may have once again done us a favour this summer, with Benjamin Stambouli’s somewhat surprising move to Paris Saint-Germain (via The Guardian) potentially forcing a long-term target of ours away from the Ligue 1 Champions.
We were heavily linked with a move for PSG’s Adrien Rabiot last season (via the Daily Mail), but a move never materialised. We were facing heavy competition from the likes of Juventus and Roma (via the Mail), but the Frenchman ended up staying in Paris.
With Stambouli making the switch back to Ligue 1 though, Rabiot is likely to have slipped even further down the pecking order. The 20-year-old presumably won’t be happy at the idea of competing with Thiago Motta, Blaise Matuidi, and Benjamin Stambouli for a starting spot, so this could be a great chance for us to lure him away.
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If recent – much welcomed – reports of Mathieu Flamini’s move to Galatasaray (via talkSPORT) prove true, then we will be left seriously lacking in defensive midfield (even more so than we were before).
Rabiot could prove an excellent addition, as while he boasts plenty of quality, he wouldn’t expect to come in and instantly displace one of last season’s stand out performers at Arsenal – Francis Coquelin.