Are Arsenal now going to concentrate on getting a new midfielder now?

A Forward Player Is Now Sorted; What Next For Arteta?

Leandro Trossard is set to join Arsenal in a £21 million deal. When comparing his swoop to if Arsenal had signed Mykhailo Mudryk for the exorbitant fee he was available for, one might argue that there is surely room for Arteta to make one more significant signing before the winter transfer window closes.

So, what other position can Arteta bolster? The midfield maybe, and here’s why: On last summer’s transfer deadline, Arsenal were desperate for a reliable midfielder, and they made three consecutive bids for Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz, but as we all know, Villa stood firm and rejected Arsenal’s advances. Everyone knew the window had closed and Arsenal had failed to strengthen their midfield.

Many people believed that signing a midfielder would be on the agenda this winter, in the months following the summer transfer window. In fact, the concern that Thomas Partey does not have a backup as good as him has gradually justified this transfer need.

Arteta should have enough funds to surprise us with a decent midfield signing after spending only £21 million to address the pressing attacking need, with the attack hopefully now well bolstered for the title race. Arteta has a lot of options for signings, including Youri Tielemans, Ruben Neves, and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, all of whom Arsenal can easily “steal” from their respective clubs.

Which midfielder do you think should be the priority for Arsenal?

Daniel O


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    1. Arsenal just signed jakub kiwir from spezia for £17.5
      He is left sided CB, can play defensive midfield, and left back.
      22-year-old is composed, tenacious & versatile (CB, LB, DM). Been excellent for Spezia & won nine caps for Poland

  1. Look at what the simple addition of a quality DM did for ManU…..that team is unrecognisable to the team before his arrival. Same can be said about when Partey plays for us, if we lose Thomas that is our potential EPL title gone!

    Xhaka is not a DM, we’ve all seen what happens when he sits deep as our holding midfielder(not an attack but simply true, relax!). We have a lot of players that can play CM or CAM already (Viera/ESR/Ode/Trossard/Xhaka) so it’s quite obvious where we need to strengthen.

    1. Well, that may be correlation rather than causation.

      Another correlation is that they got rid of old, slow Ronaldo.

      Who knows which of these factors made the difference, I suspect it’s a combination of a few things but I agree that Casemiro is certainly one of them.

  2. Left field suggestion but White or Tomi could be that CDM. Both v good at defending and also attacking. Arteta should perhaps therefore get a great RB or additional CB in summer and then get either of these two playing alongside Partey next year .. Xhaka has been great but also getting older..


    1. I think that is more “in case of emergency break glass” – could be done but strengthening with a specialist would be better.

  3. Ideally, the new CDM should be much younger than Partey, so he’ll be at his prime when Partey retires or leaves

    Moises Caicedo’s age is ideal for that purpose and Brighton just rejected 65 M offer from Chelsea for him, although I’m not sure whether he is currently half as good as Partey or not

    I believe Arsenal would evaluate Lokonga and their other young DMs first, before signing a new DM. I liked Akinola’s performance in U-21 games

  4. Lokonga can go in my opinion, if rumours are to be believed then signing Rice in the summer would be ideal to take over from Partey in a year or two, but in the meantime he’d be rotated with him, also Rice could play Left CB to ease the pressure of having to play every single game that Gabriel is currently experiencing. But in Jan I’d shoot for a loan with option/obligation to buy SMS from Lazio to replace Lokonga especially as we need more quality in the no.8 next season in the CL provided we don’t mess up again.

  5. Ideally a Premier League proven midfielder to make an instant impact like we have done with the signing of Trossard but I’m struggling to think of names outside of Neves and Tielemens which a lot of fans don’t seem to be in favor of.

    Dream scenario would obviously be Declan Rice but I don’t think that is realistic in this transfer window unless make a very tempting offer, maybe we could test the waters with say a £75M bid 🤷🏽‍♂️

  6. Making a Summer bid for Rice seems the most likely, but it’s a guess on my part I admit.

    We are getting close to having a top squad once we add players and depth.

    I like the Trossard move, and eager to see his impact with the team. Finally someone to rotate with Martinelli and Saka, as well as a threat when coming off the bench.

    Great business for the cost, and plenty in the kitty to go after Rice or top DM this Summer.

  7. Is there any chance to get Rice this window? West Ham have Soucek who is primarily a DM, they’ll do fine with him. And the Rice money could buy them additions to survive relegation.

    1. Another thing, I believe they spent around £170M last summer which is a lot more than their owners have been willing to shell out before that so they may look to recoup a large chunk of that money back, so we should test the water with a sizeable offer and see if they budge.

    2. @DaJuhi
      WH is facing the drop. So, getting Rice in this window is a near impossible feat…Jus sayin.

  8. According Romano Arsenal closing on Polish CB Jakub Kiwior from Spezia
    Deal is set to be completed by next week
    Fee is excess around €20 M
    Never heard of him..

    1. 🚨 BREAKING: Arsenal set to sign Spezia centre back Jakub Kiwior for €25M. The player has already travelled to London for medicals.🔴🤝🇵🇱 #AFC


      All new signings are welcome but I’m slightly baffled by this one. As long as this doesn’t prevent us from bringing in a midfielder than no problem

      1. Looks like he plays some time as DM so maybe the plan is to have him as cover at LCB and DM until the summer (Rice 🤞)

        Seemed to be a number of teams interested in him including Dortmund which I take as a good sign.

  9. @EastLDN,

    That’s true. Their net spending in the summer was North of 150 million and they linger in relegation dog fight so they might need the money.

    Also if W Ham gets relegated, surely Rice’s value would drop significantly which would mean loss of millions for them..

  10. I think Ruben Neves and Youri Tielemens are overhyped. Neither of them are any better than Xhaka and not the right type of player to provide cover for Partey. We should wait for Manuel Locatelli.

    Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is very good and has a lot of size, so he would be an excellent addition but is going to expect to start most matches, so then you have to figure out who to leave out.

    Moises Caicedo is a very promising young player and could be a long-term replacement for Partey, it just depends if he wants to sit on the bench at Arsenal rather than play every game at Brighton.

  11. Okay just done some quick research on Jakub Kiwior, 6″2 LCB/DM, 22yrs. So this could possibly now mean no specialist midfielder coming in and Evan N’dicka no longer a summer target but just as this surprise shows you never know!

  12. 🚨 BREAKING: Arsenal have practically closed a deal for Real Valladolid right-back Ivan Fresneda. Mikel Arteta personally convinced the player to join.🔴🇪🇸 #AFC


    🚨 Cedric Soares is one step away from joining Fulham after agreeing personal terms. Arsenal now want to send an offer to Real Valladolid for Ivan Fresneda before next week in a deal that will see him join the club THIS SEASON. [

    Looks like we really spending that Mudryk money 🤑

      1. According to Fabrizio we may still look to bring in a midfielder but I have my doubts now knowing that Kiwior can play in the DM position but as the past two days have shown never say never🙏🏽

    1. With the new CB joining and if this right back joins, then Holding is gone in the summer. Benjamin and Tomi can be starting right back and back right CB to Saliva.

  13. I think we should Concentrate more on our Midfield , bcz there is where the team’s backbone is, if we get at least two midfielders, that is;cover for Partey and Ødegaard we’re good to go

  14. Talk about a ‘bolt from out of the blue’. This Jacub Kiwior has taken me by surprise. He plays LCB or as a DM. I wonder if Arteta wants to train him to be a DM too. Wow…real behind the scenes stuff. I wonder if Edu/Arteta will push the button on Zaniola, a big strong boy, possibly to train as an expansive DM. Possible but not probable. We are really getting there. I am a BIG Trossard fan and watched him regularly. With his experience, two footed-ness and his low ‘centre of gravity’, we have got a ‘shooter’ a real ‘baller’. Wish he was 3 years younger.

  15. If the rumours of Rice in the summer are true then I can’t see anymore than a loan and I don’t see anyone who could come in and make the difference. Folks on twitter throwing names like Camavinga and Savic but those seem like pipe dreams to me.

  16. For me, Savic would be the best option, strong, has got a wide passing range and very reliable. also he comes up with the odd goal here and than.

  17. We were not desperate when we went after Luiz, it was just a sensible move for a player who was going into the last year of his contract. There is no rush now, Partey has been excellent but both our full backs have shown they can move into midfield and we have quality cover for both of them. If we sign Kiwior, we have another option.

  18. Although he isn’t EPL ready Khephren Thuram
    from OG Nice would be a fantastic addition to
    the midfield room, specifically as cover to TP in
    the DM role. The young Frenchmen is a fantastic
    talent who’s playing style and skill set reminds me
    of E. Cavaminga during his Hay days @ Rennes.

    Would love to see Edu and MA submit a cheeky
    bid of around £3o-35M for the talented youngster
    before the end of the window.

  19. Mudryk was offered 50k/week, with say 85m possible fee including some add-ons achieved, close to 20m/year with 5 year contract. Kiwior+Trossard costed say 50mil including achievable add-ons, including salary they would cost 80m over a 5 year time, if Trossard stays for that long that is. But that means, 20-25m is left in budget, including salary. I doubt us buying more this window if we really plan for Rice.

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