Arsenal poised to go in for Serie A utility
As the club struggle against what has been very unfortunate luck with injuries, Arsenal are looking to Udinese to solve their positional woes and are readying a bid for Mauricio Isla.
Arsene Wenger continues to suffer blow after blow of injury news with Jack Wilshere, Andre Santos, Bacary Sagna and Gervinho (African Cup of Nations) all expected to be out of action for at least the next month amongst others.
The casualties have led the Frenchman to Isla, who has proven himself to be more than capable of operating in almost every area of the pitch.
The Chilean international is naturally played as a central midfielder but regularly plays out of the right wingback position as well as right midfield.
Isla is even capable of teaming up in the role of a wide supporting forward and would undoubtedly prove an invaluable asset to Arsene Wenger.
The 23 year-old isn’t as effective when played off of the left side of the pitch but that won’t put the Gunners boss off submitting an offer for the Udinese star who is valued at £12m.
Isla has become a key player in the Chilean national side and started in all four of the nation’s 2010 World Cup matches.
Arsenal are currently undergoing a state of transition after losing playmakers Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas over the summer, with the side failing to make up for their losses so far.
Wenger will be looking to help out in that respect and sees the multitalented South American as an idea winter signing.
The North London side are currently being linked with numerous moves for several central playmakers, however Isla may prove a relatively surprising candidate for the job but may be well suited to the role especially when considering his skill levels in other parts of the pitch.