Arsenal should make an effort to sign Real Madrid’s creative midfielder James Rodriguez, with speculation suggesting he’ll leave this summer.

That is the opinion of former Liverpool player and current pundit, Steve Nicol, who believes that the Colombian would fit perfectly within the Gunners’ attack.

They don’t need a playmaker but would he make them better?“, Nicol was quoted as saying on ESPN FC.

If he’s got Sanchez up front, somebody like Rodriguez is going to be able play with Sanchez, and create stuff. If they get rid of Sanchez and sign Rodriguez, who’s he going to play with? Giroud?”

Many reports have suggested that Arsenal are only going to spend significant amounts of money this summer to deal with the loss of Alexis Sánchez, who is still yet to sign a new deal with the club.

He’s got a year remaining on his existing deal and James’ arrival at the Emirates could help persuade the talented Chilean to sign a new deal.

Why can’t you have James, Ozil and Sanchez as your three-pronged attack and fill in behind it and keep it strong?” Nicol continued. “We’ve been talking about trying to solidify the middle of the park, why not just go and do that?

Rodriguez scored 11 goals and created 13 assists across all competitions for Zinedine Zidane’s side last season. That’s despite making only 33 appearances in another frustrating campaign on a personal level for the creative Colombian.

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