'I've seen a lot of him' - Exclusive: La Liga expert reacts to Telegraph's Arsenal transfer reveal
Arsenal don’t need to sign Real Madrid superstar Isco in the January transfer window.
That is according to ex-Arsenal man Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams after the four-time Champions League-winning playmaker by the Telegraph with a loan move to the Emirates earlier in the week.
Isco has fallen out of favour at the Bernabeu – the 38-time Spain international has started just three times for Zinedine Zidane’s side this season.
Arsenal are widely said to be struggling from a lack of imagination and creativity, so the move might on face value seem like a sensible one to Gunners fans.
But Campbell, who is a regular La Liga pundit for an overseas broadcaster, disagrees.
He claimed that Arsenal have a number of creatives in the squad already and that the 28-year-old would struggle to find a place within Mikel Arteta’s system.
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Asked whether he thought Isco would bring that much-needed creative spark, he told Football Insider: “Well Emile Smith Rowe’s been creative, Saka’s been creative. So I’m not sure where Isco would fit.
“He’s s a gifted player, don’t get me wrong, but he’s not someone who’ll pick the ball up and go past people. He’s a technical operator.
“You need to be playing half-decent to get the best out of him. I’ve seen him a lot and when you play well, he tends to play well.
“But he’s not someone who takes the game by the scruff of the neck. I might be wrong, but there are other players I think they should go for.”
Arsenal face stiff Premier League competition from Everton if they are to sign Isco this January.
There is also interest from his native Spain, with Sevilla said to be the midfielder’s preferred destination.