After David Ornstein’s claims that Unai Emery and Arsenal are trying to move Mesut Özil on, let’s have a look at some of the players they’ve been linked with in his place for this summer.


Isco during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on December 3, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.
  • Age: 26
  • Position: Attacking Midfield
  • Club: Real Madrid
  • Contract until: 2022
  • Estimated market value: £67.5m

Arsenal are reportedly watching the situation of Real Madrid playmaker Isco, as the 26-year-old struggles to start under new boss Santiago Solari.

Since Solari took over as manager of the La Liga side, Isco has found himself on the bench or out of the squad completely on a number of occasions.

It’s not as if Real are particularly suffering without him either. After a poor start to the season, they’ve shown some recent improvement under Solari, despite dropping Isco out of the starting eleven. As a result, the rumours of an exit are starting to return.

The Daily Mail write that Arsenal are ‘watching the situation’, and they list the club as one of three Premier League sides the midfielder could end up joining. The other two are Chelsea and Manchester City, so it’s fair to say there’s competition.

The Mail also go on to point out that although Isco has played under Emery before, at Valencia, the two didn’t necessarily always see eye-to-eye. The Real Madrid man felt he deserved more first-team game time, after making most of his appearances for the Valencia B team in 2009/10 and 2010/11. He then left for Malaga in 2011.

Nonetheless, Emery did give the playmaker his senior debut, so there are positives and negatives to the story. Perhaps the Arsenal head coach could rekindle the relationship now that Isco is an established player.

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