Arsenal will definitely sign a midfielder before the end of the month…
That’s according to Italian transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, who delivered a major update on the Gunners’ transfer plans on Twitter this week.
“Arsenal will definitely go for a new midfielder,” he said.
“Arthur has been discussed internally as reported here days ago, he’s in board/Arteta list together with 2 more candidates – but it’s not advanced with Juventus yet.
“Bruno Guimarães in January, more than difficult.”
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is in desperate need of bolstering his engine room this month, otherwise, the north London giants run the risk of ruining the Spaniard’s good work this season.
Indeed, the club finds itself back in the race for a top-four finish. Sat in fourth place with only a four-point advantage to seventh, the Gunners cannot afford any slip-ups in the coming weeks.
However, the 39-year-old is light on options in the middle – that’s because first-choice midfielder Thomas Partey and Mo Elneny are at the Africa Cup of Nations and the rarely-seen Ainsley Maitland-Niles has joined AS Roma on loan.
It really leaves him with just summer signing Albert Sambi Lokonga to partner Granit Xhaka, with players like Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard of the more attacking nature.
One injury or suspension to either of these names could cause Arteta plenty of problems.
Whether Arthur is the answer or not very much remains to be seen but it’s clear the club need reinforcements and it’s certainly hugely encouraging that they “will” find a solution, as Romano states.
Therefore, this latest development should leave the Emirates Stadium faithful absolutely buzzing heading into the rest of the month. It seems as if Arteta will be backed and that will only bolster their chances of securing a place in Europe next season.
AND in other news, David Ornstein drops huge transfer update on Arsenal’s striker search…