Arsenal closing in on brilliant midfield signing at last

Arsenal to conclude the deal for Juventus man

According to Brazilian news outlet Globo Esporte, Arsenal are ‘close’ to sealing the deal for the Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo.

The Brazilian has seemingly agreed personal terms with the North London outfit and is very interested to play in the Premier League.

The only hurdle left is that the Old Lady boss Max Allegri wants assurances that the Italian giants will recruit a new player in that position.

That is not believed to be a hurdle, and as a result, Arthur will be given the green light for his move to the Emirates Stadium on Friday.

The midfielder was signed by Barcelona in summer 2018 for £27.90m from Brazilian club Gremio. He was then snapped up by 36-times Serie A winners Juventus in 2020 for a whopping £68.40m.

However, the 25-year-old has struggled to establish his place in Turin. Since his arrival, 18 months ago, Arthur has featured in just 44 games, most of them being as a substitute.

Despite complaints regarding his off-the-pitch behavior and discipline, the Brazilian is a fine technician.

Acquiring him midseason for a season-long loan might turn out to be shrewd bit of business for the London side.

The Gunners have a very thin squad at the moment due to AFCON. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Thomas Partey, Nicolas Pepe and Mohamed Elneny are all fighting for glory in Cameroon.

And with recent injuries and covid positive tests, Mikel Arteta is having to choose from bare bones, especially in midfield.

After Granit Xhaka’s sending off at Anfield last night, the Swiss will miss that North London derby as well as the second-legged semifinal tie against Liverpool.

The 29-year-old might end up missing four games, as yesterday night’s red card was Xhaka’s second this season.

Thus, a new body at the center of the park will be warmly embraced by Arteta and welcomed by the fans.

Yash Bisht

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8 Comments

  1. Basically another crab.Think Elneny/ caballos levels.Off Eros f** k all hence Juve trying to get rid.Not all Brazilian players are world class.Think “ Deckchair “ Denilson as an example Don’t want,even for a loan.Why the hell arnt they looking at Georgi winaljum?

  2. We are in a crucial period of the season so new signings need to hit the ground running. Gini Wijnaldum makes a lot more sense.

    1. Yes… Wijnaldum makes more sense… The Melo guy presents a lot of uncertainity considering it will be his first time playing in the premier league…

  3. Like I’ve said before, JA writers are smoking something we don’t know. Since when did Arthur become brilliant? The fact that Juventus are eager to get his wages off their books tells you all you need to know. Most of his appearances have been as a sub. I only cannot complain because of how thin our midfield is, couple with Xhaka’s brain fart. Get Wijnaldum on loan while pushing for Tielemans. How about Zakaria? We should stop signing cast aways

  4. Why is Arteta making excuse, he should face it like a man….because of his hatred for AMN u loan him out knowing fully well elneny and partey are unavailable and xhaka disappoints…and he doesnt even wanna use chambers (who can play in midfield) there. To be honest chambers and white are better choices in that midfield than xhaka..

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