Mikel Arteta Pulls Plug on Isco
So good has Smith Rowe been in the last thee fixtures that Arteta has dropped his interest in Real Madrid’s Isco.
Dazzled by the impact the Croydon midfielder has made in north London, major Spanish outlet AS report that the Isco case is one Arsenal will no longer pursue. Having been desperate for outside sources to aid their creative plight, the answer has seemingly come internally.
Who’d have thought?
The above has played a major role in the decision to back off Isco’s case, but so too has the interest from Sevilla, who now look certain to secure the Spaniard in the winter window. Arsenal don’t intend to get involved in a bidding war with Julen Lopetegui‘s side, whether for a loan or otherwise, especially considering the strong relationship between the manager and the 28-year-old.
Isco’s profile suited what Arteta wanted, but adding him into the fold in north London would have succeeded only in stifling the progress Smith Rowe is showing in the Premier League. Playing with a confidence unlike ever before in his career to date, adding the four-time Champions League winner, even temporarily, could halt that.
Despite the claims by AS, Arteta spoke after the Brighton win of sticking to the January plan despite the upturn in form:
"“The last few results won’t change our approach to the window,” he told Goal."
Smith Rowe is the future of this club, but he can’t assume this role all on his own. Arsenal need more creative options in their side. Bringing in a stop-gap for the remainder of the season is still a wise option, even just as backup for a player with a chequered injury past.
However, it has to be the right player. Promoting from the academy is a wiser option than any old No. 10 who someone else isn’t fond of. Instead of temporarily filling holes with whatever is available, operate with an eye on the summer where permanent deals can be made.
Finding someone with the ability, who won’t need an extended bedding in period, won’t bankrupt the club and is willing to join and play second fiddle…yeah, that’s no easy task. Smith Rowe will need help, just make sure it’s suitable aid.
Wow. Three games later and the talk is about who can support Smith Rowe, not the other way around. What a magnificent talent this young man is.