On Wednesday with the world watching, the Champions League holders put to the sword a Neymar-driven Paris Saint-Germain. Two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo alongside a Marcelo strike gave Los Blancos a 3-1 first leg win at the Bernabéu. For Arsenal fans, it was tough to watch the game knowing the Gunners may not play in the UCL in the near future. However, the performance of one of their transfer targets brought much joy.
Marco Asensio has often been branded as the golden boy of European football. Kylian Mbappé may be the public’s favourite, but Asensio has proven severally that he belongs on the grandest of stages at the highest level. Last night in another big match, Marco Asensio came on and turned the game in Real Madrid’s favour.
When he came on, the game was level at 1-1, but within 13 minutes of playing time, the Spaniard was able to inspire his teammates to victory. He was involved in the build-up play of Ronaldo’s second before directly assisting Marcelo for a decisive third. The 22-year-old completely turned the game on its head and showed Zinedine Zidane why he should have been in the starting XI.
Zidane seemingly doesn’t see Asensio as a first team regular, perhaps due to his age and inexperience. The versatile midfielder has played 1200 minutes of football in which he’s come off the bench 14 times, scoring 6 goals and providing 5 assists. In that time, Asensio has averaged 1.5 key passes, 0.7 dribbles and a 90.4% pass accuracy per game. If Zidane isn’t going to value the 22-year-old, there are a plethora of clubs around Europe who will.
The youngster excels at dribbling out of tight spaces, performing intricate one-twos, executing long shots and creating chances. On top of that, Marco Asensio can play in every position behind the striker, that versatility is a coveted trait in world football today.
According to Diario Gol in August, Arsenal was ready to pay the Spaniard’s release clause, which is reported to be £72million. After watching him last night, Arsenal fans are desperate for Arsène Wenger to act on that intention again.
The 68-year-old has had already shown in the past two windows that he’s willing to spend the mega millions. He’s now broken the club’s record transfer fee twice over by signing both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang in successive windows. The signing of Marco Asensio would add to Arsenal’s already strong attack, making them to the team to fear next season.
A release clause £72million may seem like a lot of money but when you consider the fact that Antoine Griezmann is valued at £100m and Kylian Mbappé at £180m, this could be the heist of the century. And we all know that Arsène Wenger loves a bargain!
Thought Rabiot was class throughout. Unlucky to be on the losing side, Asensio’s impact unreal, what a player he is.
— The AFC Analysis (@wozthegooner) February 14, 2018
Marco Asensio. Unreal game changer.
— Irshad AFC (@IrshadAFC7) February 14, 2018
— Kennnnyyyy (@opinion_land) February 14, 2018
Asensio … hmmmmm the thought of him playing left wing for us!
— Arsenal ’77 (@KosovoArsenal) February 14, 2018
Asensio I’d love him at Arsenal, Madrid won’t ever guarantee him starts
— Gustavo (@OA365__) February 14, 2018
Would love asensio at arsenal
— Popsiwinkle (@popsiwinkle) February 14, 2018
Wish Wenger would buy someone world class like Asensio
— Ryan Childs (@rychilds) February 14, 2018
Asensio is unreal
— Daniel (@DannyAFC91) February 14, 2018
I love you Marco Asensio 😘
— 👑 Goonerette_Cr7 🔥 (@Afc1stluv) February 14, 2018
Asensio has turned this game around😭😭
— AFC arvin (@Arvin_TR) February 14, 2018
That my friends is the Asensio Show
— Wenger’s Gunmen (@GunmanArsene) February 14, 2018