Arsenal boosted in bid to sign Barcelona outcast

Arsenal are believed to be keen on bringing in a creative talent in midfield next month, and one option in Barcelona’s Riqui Puig now looks to have become available.

Puig is believed to be available in the coming window, with Ronald Koeman seemingly not a fan of the youngster.

The midfielder hasn’t been selected to start a single match in any competition so far this season, and has less than 80 minutes of action from the bench as the Dutch boss fails to be impressed by the 21 year-old’s work rate in training.

Arsenal have sent scouts to watch the Spain Under-21 international previously on a number of occasions, and could well look to him as a cheaper alternative than their other targets, The Athletic reports.

It had been reported today that the club will not be allowed to buy before they offload some of their surplus, as reported by the Express, which could well make the option to loan Puig, possibly with an option to buy at the end of the season, make more sense.

Our team has struggled to score much so far this term, and also struggled in the creating department also, and you would be surprised if there wasn’t an incoming midfielder to help fill that void.

Has Puig shown enough to be relied on to help make up for our creative limitations? Should Emile Smith Rowe be allowed to show his worth in the first-team before other options are thrown in?


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  1. Please no.Only slightly taller than Torreria and while he is technically very good and can keep possession in tight corners he does not have the pace and physicality to be a success in the demanding EPL..I believe some at Barca thought of him as the next Ineista, but he is not in the same class from what I have seen.

    1. Why is this obsession with size again. He is talented and good player. His role will be of a creator not destroyer. I don’t understand this obsession of tall strong players in midfield. Mostly the creative and talented midfield players are short to normal hieght. You have Xhaka who has a good built look what he is doing in the team. We already have Partey in there to bring strength. We are lacking in creative department.

  2. Just once can we have a transfer headline that doesn’t mention the fact that we might be targeting another team’s “OUTCAST”…obviously that doesn’t always mean the player in question is poor, but it certainly doesn’t instill confidence in our ability to evaluate confidence…last summer Chelsea took arguably the best player on 3 different clubs, whereas we’re always talking about taking others leftovers or castaways…and don’t tell me that means nothing because we beat them on the weekend, as that means jackshit in the grand scheme of things

  3. I do think we need another option with a similar playing style to ESR. Never seen this guy in a game, but he looks like the right type of player. Prefer Buendia because he’s proven he can play regularly in the PL

  4. The very first thing I noticed from reading the article, was that the player had not impressed during the training sessions – as we have players who, according to our manager, are impressing during training, but can’t get in to the squad, that doesn’t bode well.

    Secondly, if ESR gets injured, who is the back up?
    We saw against chelsea, that this young man desreves to be given a chance by MA…and that might just see the injury question actually happen.
    Ceballos certainly hasn’t impressed, Guendouzi is, rightly, being punished and Ozil will not, if the rumours are correct, be considered.

    The likes of Saka, Martinelli, Laca and Auba need to be given chances and/or assists, so the club has to do something in this area – no nothing about the player mentioned however.

    If the rumours about Bellerin are true, then there might be a deal around that scenario – but why we are even thinking about selling Hector, as he has started to show his pre-injury form at last, is beyond me.

    Just for the record, Bellerin covered the most ground (along with three other Arsenal players) against chelsea.

    1. I never rate Bellerin as a good defender and he will never be a good defender. He is not good in air, he has bad positioning sense. Most of the time he gets out of trouble is because of his pace. One ok game does not make him into a good defender. What was he doing in the previous defeats we suffered. Even Xhaka played well im Chelsea match so is he now Tony krooe or Modric. I say if we get the chance then sell him, there might not be another better opportunity. You can run more then any player on the pitch but that does not mean you have made big contribution to the side. Applying dumb effort is not smart n won’t yeild too much result. We need smart players not dumb work horses.

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