Ever Banega: Arsenal target £18million midfielder but how does he compare to their current stars?


Ever Banega: Arsenal target £18million midfielder but how does he compare to their current stars?

Arsenal’s revolution under Unai Emery could continue in January as they consider triggering Ever Banega’s release clause.

Gunners boss Emery had already made an impressive start to life at the Emirates, putting together a 22 match unbeaten run across all competitions which stretched from the end of August to mid-December

Sevilla ace Ever Banega

The next stage of the overhaul is likely to include some more new signings to go alongside Bernd Leno, Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, and Stephan Lichtsteiner.

And a new central midfielder is high on the agenda with Aaron Ramsey leaving on a free transfer and Mesut Ozil likely to be moved on in one way or another.

So it’s unsurprising Sevilla ace Banega is on Emery’s wishlist.

Banega takes a free-kick for Sevilla this season.

The Spanish boss has twice had the Argentine under his tutelage, first at Valencia (2008-2012) and he signed him at Sevilla (2014-2016), with Banega admitting Emery being at the club helped secure the deal.

In 2015, the midfielder celebrated winning the Europa League – Sevilla’s second in two seasons – by hailing Emery’s affect on both the club and his own performances.

Banega was named Man of the Match in the 3-2 victory over Dnipro in Warsaw and told UEFA.com: “We have a great coach and he is getting the very best out of us – we don’t relax whether we are on the pitch or on the bench. We have really healthy competition for places here.

“[Emery] supported me, pushed me and helped me develop. Winning this final and going straight into the Champions League – what more can you ask for?”

Banega and Emery celebrate together.

A cool £18million will end Banega’s second spell at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium, but how has he been performing so far this season in LaLiga and how does he compare to Arsenal’s current crop of midfielders?

talkSPORT.com takes a look.