According to several media outlets in Turkey, AS Roma’s Cengiz Under has been on Arsenal’s radar for a while now. The Gunners apparently even had a £30million bid rejected by the Serie A side in the summer, but they aren’t prepared to give up just yet.
Under started his professional career in 2014 with Turkish second-tier side Altınordu, where he spent two seasons before moving to Istanbul Basaksehir. He made his move to Stadio Olimpico in Rome in the summer of 2017, and so far he has made 39 appearances for Roma and scored 10 goals. He was a very important player in their run to the Champions League semifinal, taking out Barcelona in the process before getting eventually eliminated by Liverpool. He’s been capped 10 times with Turkey and has four international strikes to his name.
Under is mostly deployed on the right wing. Unlike Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who have often been deployed in wide attacking roles at Arsenal, the 21-year-old is a proper winger, with his pace and trickery probably overshadowing his also fine level of creativity and linkup play.
By acquiring a player like that, manager Unai Emery would be able to move either Ozil or Mkhitaryan into a more central role, one that would probably suit them better; perhaps more the German than the Armenian.
There has been a lot of talk about signing a midfielder to replace the departing Aaron Ramsey, and a number of possibilities have been mentioned in that aspect. However, signing a winger and moving Ozil into the middle just might prove more effective as it would free up a lot of his creativity, something that worked extremely well during his days at Real Madrid.
Since his move to the Emirates in 2013, Ozil has mostly been pushed further up and wide, but a return to the middle just bring back the best out of him, and the presence of a player like Under would give Emery the tools to explore that option.