Arsenal is not expected to compete with West Ham for long-term target

Reports have linked Arsenal with a move for Lyon’s Lucas Paqueta for much of this transfer window, and the Brazilian looks set to move to the Premier League.

However, it is unlikely to be the Emirates because another English club wants to sign him.

Reports claim West Ham has advanced in talks to add him to their squad before this window closes.

Arsenal is still active in the market, and this show that Lyon is willing to cash in on him.

Ideally, it should spur them into action to try to hijack the move. However, a report on The Independent is now revealing that the Gunners are not expected to make a bid for him, clearing the way for the Hammers to get their man.

Just Arsenal Opinion

We have signed some impressive players in recent transfer windows, and our creative midfield probably doesn’t have space for a new player.

Fabio Vieira has still not found space to play. Adding Paqueta to the group will make his situation worse.

But squad depth is very important, and nothing is as delightful as being spoilt for choice of whom to pick as a football manager.

If we don’t move for him, that would be a clear sign to our current options that we trust them, and they need to do well for us in this campaign.

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  1. He said he doesn’t want to come to Arsenal – he’s looking for CL football (which probably makes Edu/MA see him as “not the right stuff” for Arsenal).

    Mind you, he shouldn’t want to go to WHU either on that basis!

    All that aside, it seems a big call to sign Vieira over Paquetta for roughly the same money.

      1. They may have done a long time ago but WHU have offered £34m (40m euros) which was refused, so a deal is likely to cost a little more.

        Vieira cost £34m. Roughly the same.

        Try not to shout “Wrong!”? Playground stuff.

    1. That’s not what Paquetá said in the French press.he said there were contacts/discussions with Edu but Arsenal never made any official bids. Also, Lyon have just turned down a bid of 50M£,the sporting director has said that the decision rests with the player who is very happy&settled in Lyon,he already turned down Newcastle.

  2. I hope we are not making a mistake with this one. I Hope our current options are better because I have not seen him play. Obviously we made a mistake for Bruno gramaires to Newcastle as he would have easily walked into our starting 11.

  3. This one is strange, I remember he not wanting to join us because we are not in the champions league.

    I still prefer Savic base on our needs

    1. It is strange – that’s what I remember about him too – wanted CL, but now apparently he wants to join a club that’s in the EL and bottom of the PL. Go figure :/

    1. Where are you reading that? The stuff I’m reading says WHU had an offer rejected of £34m and are preparing a second offer.

      CaughtOffside is one source.

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