It seems like Adrien Rabiot is the name on everyone’s lips across European football, and for good reason. The 23 year old midfielder has been heavily linked with a move away from Paris Saint-Germain for what feels like forever, and now, a parade of different cubs are believed to be interested in signing him. While Barcelona are said to be in the driving seat it certainly seems like it could be anyone’s ball game, which could open the door for Unai Emery to swoop in and make an offer.
Emery is very familiar with Rabiot given that the two worked together at PSG, which could end up handing the Gunners the advantage in this ‘tug of war’ that we seem to be enduring. Of course, that’s pure speculation, but isn’t it nice to be able to have these kinds of discussions about Arsenal again?
It wasn’t so long ago that they were getting bullied out of deals by the bigger clubs, to the point where it seemed like they’d never really be capable of making any sustainable moves in order to compete with Europe’s elite. While they still have an awfully long way to go, it feels like they’re closer to that goal than ever before.
Rabiot is an intriguing player with a football IQ that far exceeds his age, and that can only mean great things for his future in the game. He already has a wealth of experience and if he did make the unlikely jump over to the Emirates, he’d be joining a club with a reputation for being able to get the best out of French stars. While that isn’t the only factor in play here, it’s interesting to note that Rabiot hasn’t formally come out and said where he’d prefer to play – and even if he did, we still believe the links to Emery could end up creating something of an ‘upset’ in this race.
Nobody knows what the future holds and we’d argue Rabiot himself doesn’t, but we just love that we can go into these transfer windows knowing that there’s an awful lot of potential to uncover. As much as we hate beating a dead horse, Unai Emery is the biggest reason for that, and we’re excited to see what kind of legacy he’s going to continue to build.
Could Arsenal realistically sign Adrien Rabiot?