Wenger identifies 'brains' of Real Madrid, talks up summer target

Speaking ahead of Real's Champions League clash, Arsenal boss claims ex Liverpool midfielder Alonso is the brains while Modric can switch the game.

Considering Real Madrid are the club Arsene Wenger was willing to send a club record £42.4m to in exchange for the services of trequartista Mesut Ozil, together with the various club eyes set on scouting players such as Alvaro Morata, Angel di Maria and Karim Benzema, it is fair to assume that Arsene Wenger is perpetually interested in the form of Real Madrid.

Competing in the Champions League Round of 16 later this evening, a tie in which they brag a commanding 6-1 lead built up from a thumping victory over FC Schalke 04 in Gelsenkirchen last month, Real's progression into the quarter-final stage is effectively a foregone conclusion - yet that has not stopped Wenger marveling at the side with "the biggest attacking intention."

Speaking to Eurosport ahead of this week's Champions League fixtures, Wenger explained: "They have an amazing offensive power and players who can make the difference at any moment."

Linked with a hat-trick of Los Blancos last summer (Benzema, di Maria and Ozil) yet only acquiring one, Wenger described former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso as "the brains of Real Madrid".

Cristiano Ronaldo's net-busting form writes it's own headlines every weekend, while world record purchase Gareth Bale has also been coming into his own, however, there are two other players fundamental to Real's attacking play.

Wenger asserted: "There are two players who can switch the game with Modric and di Maria.

"Real are the team with the biggest attacking intention."

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