Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer confirmed yesterday that Gary Medel was likely to move on this summer, admitting he deserves more than the club are able to offer him.
Medel, a Chilean international who will feature at the World Cup, has a relegation release clause in his contract after his £9 million transfer from Sevilla last summer.
Solskjaer told Wales Online: "He’s a top player who deserves to be playing at a higher level than the Championship."
Medel is a defensive midfielder who at 26, has plenty to offer, as well as European experience.
With Arsenal needing a player in the position to add tenacity to their performances, Medel, a player who operates in front of the back four, is an ideal acquisition, especially after now having a year in the Premier League under his belt.
Nicknamed the 'Pitbull' after his fiery nature, the South American would be a sensibly priced addition for the Gunners, allowing further funds to be spent on a striker, and other areas of need.
Statistics from the now completed 2013/14 season, illustrate that Medel wins a greater percentage of his tackles than Arsenal duo Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta, only bettered by Aaron Ramsey.
Yet if the past season proved anything, it's that Arsenal cannot over-rely on Ramsey and need reinforcements.
Medel is a defensive midfielder who like Flamini, loves to defend and protect his defence, yet is younger and without the troubled injury history.
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With the relegation a stain on his previously impressive CV, Medel will be a player with a point to prove next season.
What better way to prove himself than by making a valuable contribution to Arsenal's title challenge, and becoming the vital cog in midfield which allows their creative players to flourish, and help Aaron Ramsey get forward more and use his attacking talents.