€10m midfielder who snubbed Arsenal 'struggling' with adaptation to La Liga

Atletico Madrid

Arsenal were linked with Josuha Guilavogui late in the transfer window only to see him sign for Atletico Madrid instead.

Late on in the summer transfer window by time Arsenal were linked with French international Josuha Guilavogui times were getting a bit desperate, no reflection on the player - more the situation.

A failure to attract any top signings was compounded by the youngster turning down supposed enquiries from Arsenal to sign for Atletico Madrid instead.

How close he came to Arsenal mattered little, from a supporters' perspective he became just another name who they had got their hopes up regarding, only to see land elsewhere.

The Gunners signing of Mesut Ozil changed the positivity around the club, but it is Mathieu Flamini who is ensuring a player like Guilavogui or indeed Geoffrey Kondogbia are not missed.

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The way Flamini has settled in seamlessly to the heart of the Arsenal team has been a jot for supporters to watch, and shown that in fact the club lucked out in the transfer market.

Guilavogui however has not enjoyed the same impact at new club Atletico Madrid and only made his debut this weekend off the bench, more than a month after signing.

Part of this has been down to Diego Simeone's settled side, but the rest has been because the 23-year-old has been struggling to keep pace with his new teammates.

Spanish newspaper AS report: "As it turns out Guilavogui not stand the pace of the workouts led by Cholo (Simeone) and fitness coach Oscar Ortega. Not for lack of will, of course not, but out of habit. The step between the French league and Spanish league, between Saint-Etienne and Atletico, was too high and (has) cost the youngster to adjust to this difference in intensity... with patience and work Guilavogui, a very professional and committed guy is catching up."

Had he been signed as at Arsenal, the club would also likely be yet to see a benefit as he sought to adjust. Having a player like Flamini who knows what is expected and holds no fear has been a huge boost for the Gunners.

How long Flamini will keep it up, in comparison to Guilavogui who may establish himself as a future great at Atletico may change the angle of this comparison in the future, but in the short-term, it is hard to argue that Arsenal ended up with the wrong man.

Arsenal's Flamini being watched closely for international call-up 

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