Could signing Roberto Firmino stifle Mesut Ozil at Arsenal?

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The Gunners have been linked repeatedly with the Brazil international but would he be a hit in North London?

Arsenal have been repeatedly linked with a move for Hoffenheim’s immensely talented attacking midfielder Roberto Firmino, who looks set for an exit from the modest Bundesliga club this summer.

The gifted playmaker has been a star in the German top flight for a number of seasons and is starting to get national recognition for Brazil ahead of this summer’s Copa America also.

With Firmino scoring the only goal of the game to see him nation beat Chile at the Emirates Stadium last weekend, Gunners fans got a chance to see the playmaker up close.

There is no doubting that the 23-year-old has the quality to play in the Premier League, with six goals this season and seven assists proving as much.

However, just where he would fit into Arsenal’s system remains to be seen.

With Mesut Ozil, Danny Welbeck, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all in contention for attacking midfield berths, whether the Gunners actually need Firmino is another matter.

The Brazilian is used to playing in the number ten role behind a central striker for his current club, and as such if he did arrive at the Emirates Stadium Arsene Wenger would have a key decision to make over his main playmaker.

With Ozil starting to show some form in the Gunners’ recent run of victories, the North London club’s fans will hope that the Germany international can get back to his best.

If Firmino was bought by Arsenal, it may well be a case of one or the other between him and Ozil, with more direct options like Sanchez and Welbeck on the flanks.

It could be viewed as a luxury of riches for Wenger if the Brazilian was signed this summer, but for Ozil to show just why the Gunners broke their club transfer record on him, forgetting about a move for Firmino is in Arsenal’s interest.

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