Arsenal plot smart move for magnificent midfield maestro

By Mark Peters IN General,Ligue 1,Premier League,Transfers - 19:38 Aug 2nd 2017

Although the signing of Alexandre Lacazette has been a positive one in the eyes of Arsenal supporters, the French international will be able to do little to improve his new side’s fortunes if the rest of the team is not strengthened as well.

To be fair to Arsene Wenger, Sead Kolasinac should provide some much-needed steel in defence, but the team is still crying out for a dominant midfield presence.

Step forward Jean Michael Seri if reports in ESPN are to be believed, with the Gunners thought to be considering a move for a player who is also said to be on Tottenham’s transfer radar.

JEAN MICHAEL SERI

Since moving to Nice in the summer of 2015, the Ivory Coast international has established himself as one of the leading midfielders in French football, barely missing a beat for his improving team.

Joining a club who had finished down in 11th place the previous season, Seri helped his side to secure back-to-back finishes of fourth and third, featuring in 72 of a possible 76 top-flight matches along the way:

Jean Michael Seri
POS: MIDAGE: 26Y 0M
HEIGHT: 5FT 5INWEIGHT: 10ST 3LB
FL | Nice | 15/1616/17 | Nice | FL
GOALS
ASSISTS
GAMES
GAMES
ASSISTS
GOALS
4
AUG
3
2
1
2
4
SEP
2
1
1
2
OCT
4
3
1
1
5
NOV
4
2
4
DEC
4
1
4
JAN
1
1
5
FEB
5
1
1
1
3
MAR
3
1
1
5
APR
5
2
1
2
MAY
3
1
3
6
38
TOTAL
34
9
7

Not only that, but the diminutive 26-year-old, who cites Xavi as his idol, also weighed in with an impressive tally of ten goals and 15 assists across those two Ligue 1 campaigns.

As you would expect from someone who is such a fan of the Spanish great, the Nice man is extremely adept at completing short passes and maintaining possession, though it is his ability to perform deep-lying, central or attacking midfield roles that marks him out as a star:

Jean Michael
Seri
versusAaron
Ramsey
MIDPOSITIONMID
26Y 0MAGE26Y 7M
5FT 5INHEIGHT5FT 10IN
10ST 3LBWEIGHT11ST 3LB
 
FL | NIC | | ARS | PL
08/15 - 05/1708/15 - 05/17
69
STARTS
41
6106
MINS
PLAYED
3762
10
GOALS
5
15
ASSISTS
8
OPENING
GOALS
1
2
WINNING
GOALS
6
HOME
GOALS
2
4
AWAY
GOALS
3
HEADED
GOALS
L
2
R
8
GOALS
R/L FOOT
R
4
611
MINS
PER GOAL
752
9
TOTAL
1

Aaron Ramsey has proven himself to be similarly versatile for Arsenal, though the Welshman has not been able to deliver the sort of consistency that Seri offers.

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  1. crispen
    Posted August 2, 2017 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    Ramsey is 60% of Seri and that is on Ramsey’s best days