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Three reasons Arsenal should sign Hakan Calhanoglu

Three reasons Arsenal should sign Hakan Calhanoglu

Chances are if you have spent anytime on social media or Youtube you have seen one of Hakan Calhanoglu’s stunning free-kick goals.

There is of course more to the rising star than being a set-piece maestro and it it little wonder that he has no shortage of suitors including Arsenal.

The Aksam newspaper report that the Gunners are plotting a move for the 23-year-old attacking midfielder.

Per the source, Chelsea and Lazio could both rival the Gunners for Calhanoglu.

We take a look at three reasons why Chelsea should act fast in snapping up the young talent.

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1. Set Piece Maestro 

Calhanoglu is widely regarded as being one of the best in the business with a phenomenal free-kick scoring record – 11 in the Bundesliga. Former Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola described him as being one of the best free-kick takers in the Bundesliga stating, “Çalhanoğlu is one of the best free-kick takers in the Bundesliga.”

The 23-year-old has converted 10.2 percent of his free-kick efforts and has scored 17 times from outside the box since the 2012-13 season.

The Turkish international is a set-piece maestro not limited to scoring direct free-kicks Calhanoglu also has lethal delivery and takes just about every corner and dead ball situation for the currency Bayer side.

Arsenal had a decent record from set-pieces this season, converting 12 times which puts them at eight overall alongside Everton, Crystal Palace, Bournemouth and Burnley. The Gunners have Olivier Giroud and their centre-backs to provide an aerial threat from set-pieces. The likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are pretty decent from free-kick positions but are not specialists like Calhanoglu.

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