Real Madrid star Isco could be on his way out of the Spanish capital this summer. He is in search of regular first team football again as he looks to release his colossal potential instead of having a stop-start career at Madrid. Could he do just that at Arsenal? Especially if Mesut Ozil were to leave.
Isco turns 25-years-old in April and should be heading into the peak of his football career, playing regularly and improving frequently, but has instead found himself out of the side more than in Zizou’s starting XI which has left the Spaniard very frustrated as of late.
Isco remains calm on his future but reiterates that he wants to play more: “I am calm with my future. I am worried about having minutes, the career of a player is short. So from here to the end of the season, we will make a decision because it is my future”.
The Real Madrid man is often linked with moves abroad, with the likes of Juventus, Chelsea, Arsenal and both Manchester clubs being heavily linked since it has become clear he is not happy with life in Madrid, and we take a look at why he could be perfect for the red side of North London.
Arsenal, without a doubt, on their day, play some of the most beautiful football across Europe. But, this season especially they have missed that creative flair in midfield which so often Mesut Ozil/Santi Cazorla brought to the team. Ozil has struggled for consistency after such an immense season in the 2015-2016 season whilst the Spaniard has struggled with an Achilles injury all season.
Isco is a very talented midfielder and his versatility means he can play in several positions, including on the flanks and centrally, and has even been known to play the second striker role. He has often played in a 4-3-3 system behind the lethal BBC and has thrived in having the creative role, feeding the three in front of him and joining the attack from deep.
Arsenal usually deploy a 4-2-3-1 system which has seen this get the best out of the likes of Mesut Ozil, but with the German struggling in his usual #10 role, and possibly leaving in the summer, Arsenal could look to play a 4-3-3 which replicates Madrid’s system with Isco in the midfield three and Ozil on the right flank, akin to his position for Germany.
Isco is frustrated with the lack of minutes he is currently getting in La Liga, and it is understandable considering the Spaniard possesses so many skill sets. A quick, skilful, creative, dynamic midfielder who is well known for his natural ability to pick out an inch-perfect pass with his hawk-eye vision and dribble effortlessly through numerous challenges.
Santi Cazorla’s injury seems to have hampered his Arsenal career as he now heads into the latter stages of his career whilst both Mesut Ozil/Jack Wilshere has just 15 months left on his contract with their long term futures in doubt.
Real Madrid have a packed midfield with many options, they arguably have the best squad in Europe, and with the lack of guaranteed minutes which Isco is getting, the Spaniards may struggle to keep hold of their man this summer.
Arsenal could relish with a signing of Isco’s calibre, whether that be under the management of Arsene Wenger or another manager. He would certainly give the club a lift in an abysmal campaign and kickstart his career again, showing the whole of Europe why he is destined to be one of the best.
The 24-year-old has just one year remaining on his contract and is reluctant to sign a new deal under current circumstances, so Madrid could risk losing him on a free if they were to refuse the departure of him this summer, with the likes of Manchester City heavily interested in the player.