Arsenal legend unimpressed with £17m transfer target

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Martin Keown appraised Marco Verratti in his Daily Mail column, citing him as the PSG player Chelsea could expose in the Champions League.

The Metro claimed earlier today that Champions League contending Paris Saint Germain may be looking to offload Italian midfielder Marco Verratti, 21, after just two seasons at Parc des Princes as, despite featuring in 78 matches in all competitions, the player is yet to score.

That has not perturbed Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, according to speculation, as the Frenchman is looking to bolster his midfield ranks and believes Verratti represents good value for money.

Verratti is renowned for his passing ability and is accurate with 94% of his passing attempts on average in European competition. He even attempts 95 passes per match - an astonishing feat of more than one pass every minute. He is also adept at dribbling but does not neglect the defensive side of football as he is an accurate tackler of the football.

One Gunners legend, Martin Keown, is unimpressed with Verratti, though, and believes he "takes too many liberties in midfield".

Premier League audiences will be able to witness Verratti in action this evening as he is expected to play a prominent role when PSG compete in the second leg of their Champions League clash against Chelsea. The Stamford Bridge visitors look to preserve a 3-1 lead built up from their first leg in France last week and Verratti's possession-retaining skills would prove handy.

Keown opines that it is actually Verratti who is the chink in PSG's armour and Chelsea should therefore look to expose him: "His partner Thiago Motta is a class act but the young Italian takes too long on the ball. If Chelsea press him high they can win it back quickly."

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