What can Cuenca give Arsenal they don't already have?

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Isaac Cuenca could join Arsenal on loan from Barcelona for the rest of the season but what does he add in wide areas that Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott can’t?

Arsenal have been linked with well over a dozen players this January but Arsene Wenger has stayed true to his traditions of not doing much business in the January window.

One player Arsenal have recently been linked with is Isaac Cuenca. Cuenca is a gifted attacking player who seems to be way down the pecking order at Barca due to the fact their first team is graced with superstars.

Arsenal could do a lot worse than signing Cuenca on loan for the rest of the season because he can help the side in many ways and he would compliment the current players at the club.

The only issue is Wenger’s willingness to pull off such a deal because he doesn’t have a very big history of signing players from other top sides on loan.

Cuenca would undoubtedly help Arsenal in terms of ball retention and possession. He has grown up at a club where they are the two basic things that young players are taught.

This naturally means that with Cuenca in the side, Arsenal have a much better chance of maintaining pressure on the opposition which is vital in deciding big games in the race for the Champions League places.

He can also play through the middle of the midfield which is something Wenger doesn’t have with his other wide players; Podolski, Gervinho or Theo Walcott.

Where Cuenca will come in handy in this respect is not only when Arsenal attack, but when they are on the defensive against a side which is trying to break them down through the middle.

He effectively provides an extra body in the middle of the pitch but he can use his pace and agility to get out into wider areas as soon as Arsenal are on the counter attack.

He has been used as an out and out striker before with Barcelona which means Wenger can consolidate the likes of Podolski and Gervinho into playing wider positions for the rest of the season.

His versatility and technique are two reasons to sign him alone without even touching on his goalscoring ability and the fact he is lethal from set pieces. He gives Wenger more advantages than problems if he’s willing to swallow his pride and get him on loan.

If you’re an Arsenal fan, would you be happy to see Cuenca at your club?

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