Why Arsenal should replace ageing Cazorla with this Real Madrid star

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Arsenal have desperately missed Santi Cazorla's vision and ball retention in his absence.

Toni Kroos was outstanding for Real Madrid in his side's 0-0 draw at Manchester City in the Champions League semi-final on Tuesday night.

He attempted and completed more passes than anyone on the pitch, a statistic shown on the Champions League official Twitter account:

 

 

The German international is fantastic at not just retaining possession but playing the killer pass through the lines, with his vision and awareness second to none.

Arsenal are a club in need of quality additions over the summer, and many pundits have been vociferous in their opinion that manager Arsène Wenger needs to sign a ball-winning, defensive midfielder.

The position that is being over-looked, however, is that of a deep-lying playmaker. That is the position where Arsenal have arguably struggled most this season. Since the absence of Santi Cazorla following his knee injury in November, the Gunners have missed the diminutive Spaniard's ability to receive the ball in tight areas, and relieve pressure on Arsenal's back-line.

Francis Coquelin has been a pleasant surprise for the North London club but his composure on the ball leaves a lot to be desired, while his passing repertoire is limited to say the least. Aaron Ramsey is another player that Wenger has used in the middle of the park, but he seems to have regressed in the last two years, and at present is a long way from being the world-class player he was tipped to become.

The return of Jack Wilshere has given Arsenal a boost, but questions have to be asked about how long they will continue to rely on someone who seems to have such a fragile body. He has appeared just 23 times over the last two seasons for the Gunners and that must be a cause for concern for the management.

Kroos would bring a winning mentality and so much composure to the Arsenal side. It would also represent a statement of intent to their fellow title challengers for next season.

With Madrid expected to be very active in the summer transfer window, Kroos could be someone they might consider dispensing with, much like his German international teammate Mesut Özil a few years earlier.

The 26-year old has made 94 appearances for Madrid in a two-year spell and would, without doubt, take Arsenal to a new level.

 

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