87% pass completion, 105 touches - Arsenal target shows why Wenger is interested

Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Marcelo Brozovic was influential in the Croatian's Europa League tie with Celtic, but couldn't help his side avoid a 1-0 defeat.

Arsenal are on a high this week after Danny Welbeck's hat-trick downed Galatasaray in the Champions League on Wednesday, and now the Gunners can turn their attention this weekend's big Premier League clash as they travel to West London to take on Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.

Yet there are already murmurings over what Arsene Wenger could do in the January transfer window. A defensive crisis has struck the Gunners, with Mathieu Debuchy ruled out for three months and no recognised cover at centre back since the sale of Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona in August, so Wenger could certainly look to snap up a centre back or two in the New Year.

However, many Arsenal fans still want Wenger to bring in another central midfielder. Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta have both come in for plenty of criticism for their poor performances this season, whilst Abou Diaby is far from reliable given his extensive injury history.

That means that Wenger should at least be contemplating reinforcements in the middle of the park, and the likes of William Carvalho (Sporting Lisbon and Sami Khedira (Real Madrid) continue to be heavily linked with moves to the Emirates Stadium ahead of the January sales.

Yet a new name has been thrown into the ring over the last week - Marcelo Brozovic. The 21-year-old Croatian featured for his country at this summer's World Cup in Brazil, and has turned in a number of impressive displays for Dinamo Zagreb - with Arsenal scouts in attendance to monitor his progress.

On Thursday night, Brozovic was in the UK, playing for Dinamo as they took on Scottish champions Celtic in the Europa League. He couldn't help his side avoid a 1-0 defeat, but from a personal perspective, Brozovic impressed. He had 105 touches of the ball, far more than any other player on the pitch as his influential role in the Dinamo team was displayed at Celtic Park.

With 79 completed passes from an attempted 91, Brozovic completed 20 more passes than any other Dinamo players, and his 87% completion pecentage is hugely impressive too. The youngster showed that he has what it takes to be influential in European competition, and if Wenger and co were watching, they may be one step closer to making a January move.

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