Arsenal are considering a swoop to bring Youri Tielemans to the Emirates Stadium, according to CalcioMercato.
Unai Emery placed a lot of focus into Arsenal’s midfield during the summer, signing Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi while seeing fan favourites Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla bring their time at the Emirates Stadium to a close.
While the Gunners boast a strong contingent with the two new additions alongside Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny and Aaron Ramsey, the uncertain future of the latter could see Emery dip into the market once again.
According to CalcioMercato, Belgium international Youri Tielemans is on the radar of the North London side and the Gunners are keen to take advantage of what the report says are lack of opportunities under Leonardo Jardim.
Firstly, it is worth addressing the ‘lack of opportunities’ Tielemans has at Monaco that seems to be a driving force behind Arsenal’s reported interest in the 21-year-old former Anderlecht man, as that is simply not the case.
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Tielemans has featured in all of Monaco’s seven Ligue 1 games so far this season, scoring two goals, and also featured in the Champions League defeat to Atletico Madrid – starting every match during that period, which raises questions as to whether the French principality side would want to sell.
Secondly, Tielemans is a more defensive-minded midfielder than Ramsey and can therefore not be seen as a direct replacement for the Wales international, while his arrival could also block the developments of both Torreira and Guendouzi.
Therefore, Arsenal should really be looking elsewhere if they are to replace Ramsey and a player who thrives in a more advanced role would be a better fit for the Gunners.