Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot has told reporters that he has held talks with the president regarding a potential loan switch in January, French editorial Maxifoot report.
Arsenal’s injury woes this season hit an all-time low in the past few weeks after key first-team members Alexis Sanchez, Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin were ruled out of action.
The latter, Arsenal’s best holding midfielder by quite some distance, is out for up to three months with a knee ligament injury, leaving boss Arsene Wenger with quite a dilemma.
Mathieu Flamini has since stepped up in his place, yet the ageing midfielder doesn’t have the aggression, energy or awareness of Coquelin and he has often had his very own issues with fitness.
Many have speculated that Wenger will finally dip into the transfer market in January, though considering their situation rival clubs will be more inclined to take advantage regarding potential fees.
The Gunners have a difficult task on their hands in finding a suitable replacement, yet the answer could lie in Paris Saint-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot, a player familiar to Arsenal supporters.
The France U21 international has been linked with Arsenal in the past, as per a summer report in the Daily Mail, and he has told his PSG president that he wishes to leave on loan if his situation doesn’t improve.
“I’ve asked the president for a loan move in January if my time on the field is insufficient,” he explained.
“It’s something that he can’t refuse me – I know he likes me very much. “When you train all week, you want to be on the field. Sometimes it’s not possible and it’s frustrating.”
Rabiot has started eight league matches for the French champions this season, yet with regular midfielder Marco Verratti set to return from injury, the 20-year-old is expected to drop out of the team.
Averaging 3.5 tackles and 1.8 interceptions per match, Rabiot is ideal for the North Londoners and would provide further options and much needed youthfulness in the middle the park.