Edu identifies Thomas Partey replacement that rivals Takehiro Tomiyasu’s Arsenal surprise

Arsenal have been working in the transfer market to specifically improve their success rate when it comes to signing players. For the previous decade, the club has struggled to see a return on significant investments made on players.

The likes of Nicolas Pepe, Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi, Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira, a collection of players who set Arsenal back nearly £200 million and of whom just the Swiss midfielder may be a starter next season. Arguably the club should be looking to upgrade on Xhaka too.

The previous summer saw the club spend big but on six separate signings which have drastically impacted the effectiveness of the Arsenal team

Amongst the six was Takehiro Tomiyasu. Signed on deadline day, the Japanese international filled the spot vacated by Hector Bellerin who left on loan after stagnating in the right-back role at the club.

Tomiyasu quickly became a fan favourite and has provided supporters reason to trust the recruitment policy instilled by technical director Edu and Mikel Arteta.

With the midfield set to be ravaged by the African Cup of Nations and Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny set to depart, Arsenal could be returning to Tomiyasu’s former side to find yet another transfer gem.

Swedish international Mattias Svanberg presents as one of Serie A’s most exciting young midfielders. A central midfielder by trade, the 22-year-old rose through the ranks at Bologna before becoming an established figure in the team.

Italian outlet Il Resto del Carlino via Sport Witness claim that the Gunners are amongst a number of clubs looking towards the former Malmo man.

With just a year on his deal to run at the conclusion of this season, Bologna are expected to demand a figure in the region of £12-£20 million. Very similar to what Arsenal paid for Tomiyasu.

Svanberg can operate as a number eight but also be more expressive like Martin Odegaard or a more reserved figure such as Xhaka. His versatility and age profile suit what Arteta and co have been looking for in the market.