We ‘signed’ Isco for Arsenal in January and the results were impressive

Arsenal have already made one January signing, having brought in defender Omar Rekik from Hertha Berlin, but speculation suggests that the Gunners may be looking to bring in a creative midfielder before the end of the month.

Real Madrid midfielder Isco is one such creative midfielder who has been linked with making the switch to the Emirates Stadium in this window, with the Spaniard seemingly out of favour under Zinedine Zidane this season, having made just three starts in La Liga so far in the 2020/21 campaign.

However according to the most recent reports, specifically a report from Spanish outlet AS, Mikel Arteta has now dropped plans to sign the out-of-favour Real Madrid man due to the emergence of Emile Smith Rowe recently, with Sevilla also emerging as a possible destination for the former Malaga midfielder.

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But, the links to Isco still had us wondering about what kind of impact the Spaniard could have at Arsenal.

So, what if Arsenal did manage to pull off the signing of Isco in the January transfer window? And, what kind of impact could he have at the club?

To have a bit of fun and try to predict the future, we used the newly-released Football Manager 2021 to see what could happen.

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We ‘signed’ Isco for Arsenal in January 2021

To set up this simulation, we used the Football Manager 2021 editor to arrange for Real Madrid midfielder Isco to join Arsenal in the January 2021 transfer window, using the newly-released FM21 to run our simulation.

The Football Manager database currently contains data on more than 800,000 individuals and 45,000 active clubs, with data sourced from their international on the ground scouting network which numbers roughly 1,000 people, among their ranks are some who are involved…