Not Mahrez – Arsene Wenger sanctions deal for highly-rated midfield schemer

Arsene Wenger has earned so much plaudits for his recent strides in the transfer window but the midfield of Arsenal is one area of the squad that the French  tactician is condemned to strengthen.

The style of Arsenal is hinged on the philosophy of ball retention, which is the job of the midfield and one player has been identified by the Gunners to add steel and creativity to that aspect of their game. The Express reports that Arsenal have made offers for Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Aymen Barkok.

The 19-year-old midfielder is currently on National duty with his country at the European Under-19 Championship, and a report by Spox claims Arsenal have approach German Club Eintracht Frankfurt with an offer €10 million (£8.8m) for his signature.

Following his impressive development with Club, Arsene Wenger is understood to have been keeping tabs on the midfielder since last year and even tried to sign him, but all that effort had hit the brick wall.

Wenger has been itching to spend in this transfer window, evidenced by the signing of Sead Kolasinac and recently Alexandre Lacazette. Wenger was blameworthy for the shambolic display of Arsenal last season and he is poised to remedy his failing through his transfer market activities.

In his debut season, Barkok, 19, made 18 Bundesliga appearances and ended the term scoring and assisting two goals respectively. We understand Arsenal bid for Barkok was made last night while he represented Germany Under-19’s against Bulgaria.

Arsenal are currently without creative option in the middle of pack since the injury to Cazorla and Wenger is on the search for top-notch talent to fill that void since Ramsey’s form fluctuates.