Arsenal gets a blow as their target prefers to join Tottenham

Arsenal has been handed a transfer blow in their pursuit of the signature of Lucas Paqueta.

The midfielder currently plays for Lyon, and he is one of the best talents in European football.

Arsenal has been following him for a while, and they have just been encouraged to pursue their interest in him when a Lyon executive admitted they might have to sell some players.

That made a lot of sense to Arsenal, but The Sun reports that the player will not join them if they approach him.

This is because he doesn’t fancy moving to the Emirates, and he would rather join Antonio Conte at Tottenham if he leaves Lyon.

The report claims Spurs even tabled a €40m for him in January and might compete with the Gunners to sign him this summer.

Just Arsenal Opinion

Paqueta is a top talent, and he will improve the quality of our options if he moves to the Emirates.

However, a move for him will only happen if we can sell the idea of playing for us to him.

Spurs are serious competition for his signature, and they also have the Champions League football that every footballer wants to play.

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  1. Omg. How are we going to survive or sign anyone when no wants to join us?
    I am so sad and scared..

  2. spurs don’t want him anymore…… anyway, more importantly:
    RIP Terry Neill, ex captain of Arsenal and manager of both spurs and Arsenal.

  3. We are not getting this guy…. Zinchencko was bought as a CM mainly. He will play LB when Tierney has his usual injury absences. The only type of player we are focusing on now is a winger if we can somehow get rid of Pepe. Telemans will likely be a deadline day transfer… maybe not to arsenal though..?

  4. Edu talks to players about the Arenal project and if they’re not interested then he walks away.

    That’s sensible and may help reduce the number of problem contracts in future.

    If this guy doesn’t want to come to Arsenal then the hell with him. We can leave that to the transfer team to determine.

    If he’s not interested because Spurs have CL football then I’ll double down on the hell with him. Apart from the fact that Spurs have only one season of CL guaranteed (I don’t see them making it the next few seasons) and he will sign a 5-year contract… any time they don’t qualify, this kind of player will become a want-away. We don’t need any more of those thanks.

    All of that is qualified with “IF reports are true” (so… about a 10% chance then).

    1. You don’t see Spurs making the CL for the next few seasons?? They have Conte as manager and are spending a fortune, think you’ve lost the plot mate

      1. You forgot to start with “In my opinion…”

        It’s not a fact, despite you stating it as if it were.

        But seriously – what sort of utter pessimism is that? With supporters like you this club sure doesn’t need enemies.

    2. LOL mate every team in the champions league has only 1 season guaranteed. And are you honestly saying we have more of a chance getting CL over the next few seasons than Spurs? Even when they got it ahead of us a number of seasons ago we thought oh they’ll only have 1 season. Went on for multiple seasons and finished above us every time..let’s just be honest please they’re better than us and we’ve got some work to do

      1. Spurs were marginally better last season. The new season is likely to be very competitive amongst a number of teams. If the Arsenal team gel well and remain injury free we have a a good chance of making the top four.

  5. Why would anyone want to join Tottenham ? Haven’t won a trophy I’m decade’s.. They are born losers ..

  6. IF it is true, then move on. Forget Martinez, he wanted utd. Forget Paquet too if he wants spuds. Zinchenko can add to our midfield.

    Also, Vieira could be a revelation as well when he plays.

    I’m concerned about the players we have, not who don’t want to join us.

    We have Jesus, spuds, Chelsea, and Real Madrid rumored to have missed out.

    We also have Tomi and spuds got lesser than Royale at RB. We also have Gabriel, Saliba, and Tierney. I’ll take that back 4 over spuds all day every day.

    Aside from Kane and Son I don’t think we are inferior to their squad. Question is whether Arteta’s tactics can outwit Conte.

    I actually look forward to how even the squads are, and so much sweeter when we return the favor and knock them to 5th this year.

    First time in 5+ years I feel any confidence we can return spuds back to our shadow. They will be done and dusted out of CL while we still have the extra games in Europa.

    Besides, not like spuds will win a trophy. Greatest team to never win anything. Only thing their trophy cabinet collects is dust.

    1. Isn’t that the Savic that also is being reported to not wanting to join Arsenal but join Man United instead?

      1. Both articles are from The Sun, ignore both. The Sun used to always slam Liverpool until they started winning again, now they target hit pieces on Arsenal instead, their journalists and editors are all United, Chelsea and Spurs fans, a few Newcastle too (can all be verified on Twitter). Fabrizio Romano, a far more trusted source, has encouraged Arsenal to move for either player, he wouldn’t be saying that if he didn’t already know something 😉

  7. Just about 5 days ago this is what EDU said about the Paqueta rumour during our USA pre season tour.

    “I’m very respectful when I talk about Lucas,” Edu told TNT Sports Brazil. “I’m a guy who likes him a lot, I’ve always liked him, since my time with Brazil’s national team. He’s had a great season, he was considered the best (overseas) player in the French league.

    “But today, there really isn’t any kind of talk, there’s only my admiration for the player, because the squad today is, in the position he plays, I think we’re very well served in this regard.”

    Then 5 days later Paqueta all of a sudden SNUBS us?

    1. Guys guys guys… We ve got Arteta and the guys him and Edu bought have improved us Tremendously…. Have faith in the coach the players and our Rich Heritage… Arsenal forever… Win or lose… We ll always be Winners… Viva Arsenal!!!

  8. Let’s just hope Edu and Arteta get a Utility player for Partey, once our midfield is tight and mobile, we are good to go.
    As for Lucas, I guess it’s more of reverse psychology from Edu,

    CONTE is a good coach, he did well in Italy 🇮🇹, where he spent a lot with less competitive games,

    It’s obvious Spurs still have all their hopes on Son and Kane, any slight issues with the duo and they are in trouble.

  9. If it is accurate that the player is not interested in playing for Arsenal. Arsenal should move on.

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