Arsenal plot move for 21-year-old Serie A star

By Mark Peters IN General,Premier League,Serie A,Transfers - 19:45 Jul 16th 2017

Arsenal may be on tour in Australia at the moment, but that does not preclude them from going about their business in the transfer market as they look to build for both the present and the future.

The signings of Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette have undoubtedly strengthened Arsene Wenger’s hand, with the latter making a scoring start against FC Sydney on Thursday.

If talkSPORT are to be believed, however, the duo are unlikely to be the only new arrivals at the Emirates Stadium this summer, with Udinese’s Jakub Jankto remaining firmly on the club’s radar.

JAKUB JANKTO

Still just 21 years of age, the talented midfielder only made his Serie A debut at the beginning of last season, going on to establish himself as a key man for his Italian employers.

Despite playing for a side that finished down in 13th place, the Czech Republic international still managed to weigh in with five goals and four assists, finding the net against both Juventus and Inter Milan:

Jakub
Jankto
versusMesut
Ozil
MIDPOSITIONMID
21Y 5MAGE28Y 8M
5FT 11INHEIGHT5FT 11IN
11ST 0LBWEIGHT11ST 0LB
 
SA | UDI | | ARS | PL
06/16 - 06/1706/16 - 06/17
24
STARTS
32
1901
MINS
PLAYED
2848
5
GOALS
8
4
ASSISTS
9
3
OPENING
GOALS
2
1
WINNING
GOALS
5
2
HOME
GOALS
4
3
AWAY
GOALS
4
HEADED
GOALS
2
L
5
GOALS
R/L FOOT
L
5
R
1
380
MINS
PER GOAL
356
1
TOTAL
10

Not quite at the level of a Mesut Özil just yet, the 21-year-old possesses the sort of technical ability that suggests he could be a star of the future, whilst his versatility would help to increase his chances of securing playing time in North London.

Able to operate effectively from the middle of the park or out wide, Jankto is the owner of a sweet left foot that is capable of opening up opposition defences:

Jakub Jankto
POS: MIDAGE: 21Y 5M
HEIGHT: 5FT 11INWEIGHT: 11ST 0LB
 
SA | UDI | 16/1716/17 16/17 | UDI | SA
WITHWITHOUT
29
MATCHES
9
28%
WIN%
44%
24%
DRAW%
22%
48%
LOSS%
33%
37
GOALS FOR
10
47
GOALS AGAINST
9
1.3
GOALS F
PER GAME
1.1
1.6
GOALS A
PER GAME
1
70.5
MINS PER
GOALS F
81
55.5
MINS PER
GOALS A
90
8.7
SHOTS F
PER GAME
8.2
1.1
POINTS
PER GAME
1.6
2
CLEAN SHEETS
5
5
TOTAL
8

Having been labelled as ‘the new Tomas Rosicky’ in some quarters, perhaps it should come as no great surprise to see that Udinese were more potent going forward and more vulnerable defensively when the midfielder featured for them in Serie A last season.

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