Villarreal manager Unai Emery spoke to the media before their opening LaLiga match against Valladolid, and the former Arsenal boss said of the interest in the 19-year-old winger:
“If an offer arrives for players like Yeremy Pino, then he will have to leave. We have a responsibility with the club. It is what it is.”
This news will please Arteta, who is said to be determined to sign Pino before the transfer windows closes in under three weeks.
Arsenal could reportedly secure him for a fee of £33m due to financial problems faced by the La Liga side.
The Spaniard has overhauled the Arsenal squad somewhat this summer by adding some quality and getting rid of some deadwood. Key arrivals include Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko who have both joined from Manchester City.
Arteta will be aiming to lead the Gunners’ to a top-four Premier League finish for the first time since 2016 and he looks determined to add another few players to aid his cause.
A move for Pino makes a lot of sense, at just 19 he fits the manager’s philosophy of lowering the average age, and while young, the winger has first-team experience at Villarreal.
The young Spaniard had a breakthrough campaign last season, scoring seven goals (four more than Nicolas Pepe) whilst also registering four assists as he starred in his team’s run to the Champions League semi-finals.
With reports claiming that Liverpool are still very much in the hunt for Pino, Arteta will have to act quickly or fear losing him to a Premier League rival.
There is no doubt he can contribute heavily to the side’s attack this season. He averaged 0.9 shots and made 0.8 key passes per game over his 31 LaLiga appearances last term as Villarreal finished the season in seventh place – while Football Talent Scout Jacek Kulig listing Pino’s strengths as his “pace, acceleration, dribbling, technique, ball control, flair and agility,” as well as comparing the talent to Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry.
What we know is Pino is a terrific talent, the question is, can he step up a gear if he makes the move to England and become one of the best in the world?