Video Analysis: Is £9.5m Paris Saint-Germain youngster Arsenal's midfield saviour?

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Arsenal have been strongly linked with a move to sign Paris Saint-Germain's young midfielder Adrien Rabiot - but is he what they need?

Rabiot, 19, is currently behind the likes of Yohan Cabaye, Thiago Motta, Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi at the Parc des Princes, leading to speculation that they youngster could be on the verge of leaving the French capital amid interest from the likes of Chelsea and AC Milan.

However, reports suggest that it's Arsenal who are leading the race for his signature, with a £9.5m price tag on Rabiot's head after manager Laurent Blanc admitted that he could leave before the transfer deadline on September 1st. With that in mind, let's take a look at some footage of Rabiot and try to understand whether he's what Arsenal really need or whether he's just another French youngster to be linked with a move to Arsenal because of manager Arsene Wenger's background.

Against Bordeaux

Rabiot was introduced as a substitute here against Bordeaux, and already we see something. Arsenal fans want the club to sign a powerful, dominant holding midfielder, but that doesn't appear to be Rabiot - despite his 6ft 2in frame. He has the core strength to hold off challengers, but he isn't a Nigel de Jong-esque enforcer in front of the defence.

What he does show here is his excellent first touch and stunning passing range. The pass at 0:50 is the sort of ball which can spring counter-attacks reminiscent of Arsenal's Invincibles side, and the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott would thrive on that sort of vision and distribution.

Able to sit back and pass or even break forward, Rabiot looks like more of a deep-lying playmaker than an enforcer, and with his age, there are still some things he must learn, such as decision making in front of goal - as twice he squandered opportunities against Bordeaux.

Against Rennes

In this game, Rabiot continues to show his great touch, composure and passing accuracy when in possession, but also shows other attributes too this time. Has displays the energy to get back and challenge opponents on the ball, as well as sweeping up in front of his back four. These are attributes that he would need to show on a regular basis at Arsenal if they do sign him, given that he'd almost certainly have to play in front of the defence.

This is just a short look at Rabiot, but already there are questions. He is talented in possession, can show great vision and has good energy to get up and down the pitch, but he isn't the physical specimen that Arsenal had been looking for. He certainly can't be compared to William Carvalho in this aspect, and whilst he still has plenty of time to fill out given that he's only 19, he doesn't look to be the answer to Arsenal's midfield problems - though he looks to be an immensely talented player with bags of potential.

Should Arsenal continue to pursue Rabiot?

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