Arsenal once again scouting highly-rated problem-solving star

Arsenal have been watching Sporting CP’s William Carvalho closely of late as defensive midfield concerns stack up in north London, according to reports from A Bola.

The Gunners’ lack of quality options in the anchoring role has been a source of frustration for fans for some time, although Arsene Wenger’s decision to re-call Francis Coquelin from a loan stint at Charlton last winter appeared to have eased concerns.

However, the Frenchman’s self-discipline has been called into question of late following his two yellow cards in the recent North London Derby, and with Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta set to leave when their contract expire in a few months’ time, Arsenal will be short of options.

And reports claim that they’re scouting long-term target Carvalho.

The Portugal international, 23, is thought of as one of the best young players in his position in Europe, and has been lauded for his physically imposing playing style.

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