Personal Terms Agreed: Arsenal Eyeing “Electric” 26m Signing Who Could Revive Martinelli

As the football season winds down, Arsenal continue to impress under Mikel Arteta’s management, showcasing potential for Premier League success.

Despite the shadow of last year’s setbacks, Arteta’s squad has displayed resilience, presenting a formidable challenge to Manchester City’s dominance.

While many players have notably elevated their performance, Gabriel Martinelli has struggled to secure a regular spot in the starting lineup, prompting concerns.

Recent speculation hints at Arsenal’s pursuit of a player who could breathe new life into Martinelli’s game on the left wing, notably snubbing advances from Tottenham Hotspur.

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According to a recent report from Turkey (via TEAMtalk), Arsenal are interested in acquiring Ferdi Kadioglu, a Fenerbahçe fullback who has also caught the attention of Tottenham.

The report indicates that although Tottenham is eyeing the 24-year-old player, Kadioglu’s agent has already engaged in discussions with Arsenal representatives and agreed to a “deal in principle”

For the Gunners to finalise the transfer, they only need to negotiate a fee with Fenerbahçe, which the report suggests could be as low as £26m.

Currently, this would still entail a significant financial commitment from the Gunners for a player hailing from a league outside Europe’s conventional top five. However, given his potential to rejuvenate Martinelli’s career, the investment would probably pay off.

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How Kadioglu Could Revive Martinelli

Throughout the season, Arsenal have maintained a fairly consistent lineup, with familiar faces taking to the field week after week, regardless of the opposition. The only exception to this pattern is on the left-hand side.

Arsenal’s changing left
Left-Wing StartersStarts as LWLeft-Back StartersStarts as LB
Gabriel Martinelli30Oleksandr Zinchenko24
Leandro Trossard14Jakub Kiwior16
Gabriel Jesus4Takehiro Tomiyasu8
All Stats via Transfermarkt for all competitions in 23/24

This year, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Takehiro Tomiyasu, and Jakub Kiwior have all rotated in starting on the left side of the back four. Simultaneously, Gabriel Jesus, Leandro Trossard, and Martinelli have alternated in and out of the starting lineup on the left side of the attack.

The constant changes seem to have affected the former Ituano ace. Last season, when he had Granit Xhaka and the Ukrainian behind him consistently, he performed exceptionally well, scoring 15 goals and providing six assists in 46 appearances. A more stable lineup could help him regain his potent attacking threat.

This is where Kadioglu could make a difference. According to respected data analyst Ben Mattinson, the Turkish international’s impressive “stamina, athleticism, and speed” would enable him to make frequent overlapping runs with the Brazilian, allowing him to “cut in and shoot more frequently.”

Furthermore, Mattinson suggests that the “electric” fullback is versatile enough to play on either side of the backline and can invert when in the final third, becoming “part of the attacking line.” This would add another dimension to the team’s approach and enhance their array of attacking options.

In essence, bringing in Kadıoğlu could be Arteta’s key to revitalizing Martinelli next season, elevating both his performance and the team’s attacking prowess.

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