Club chief claims Arsenal's potential Ozil replacement is free to leave in January
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Club chief claims Arsenal's potential Ozil replacement is free to leave in January

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Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta has revealed that he will not block a move if Arsenal-linked Christian Eriksen wants to leave the club in January, in an interview with Goal.

The former Tottenham man joined Inter at the start of this year, but his move hasn’t quite been as successful as he had hoped. Eriksen has started just 15 games for the Italians so far, and he is clearly unsettled.

FC Inter News claimed earlier this month that a January move for the midfielder is on the cards, and Arsenal have surprisingly been offered a chance to sign him in a potential swap deal.

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Nerazzurri boss Antonio Conte wants a deep-lying midfielder and he has an eye on Granit Xhaka. Mikel Arteta has been a big fan of the Swiss international since he took charge of the club. However, Thomas Partey’s arrival and Mohamed Elneny’s new-found form has pushed him down the pecking order.

Arsenal could well accept an offer if it comes from Inter, and their CEO has confirmed that Eriksen can leave if he isn’t satisfied with his role in the team.

He said: “I clearly add that we will not hold a footballer back if they ask to be transferred. We will have to make the right evaluations. Conte is using [Eriksen] with respect for the player and the club. At the moment no offers have arrived, but at the appropriate time we will try to make the right decisions.”

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Should Arsenal consider a deal for the former Spurs man?

Arsenal’s creativity problems have been overly evident in recent games. Mesut Ozil – our best creator – has been banished from the Premier League and Europa League squads. That has left us short of options in the number 10 role and it is clearly hurting us.

Eriksen has proven his class in the Premier League already. He was one of Tottenham’s best players during his time in England, and his creativity could solve all of Arsenal’s problems in the final third.

However, the Dane will only be a short-term option. He will turn 29 in three months and his salary is humongous. Arsenal will likely go for someone younger, but if the terms of Eriksen’s transfer are favourable, he would be an excellent option to replace Ozil.

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