Arsenal set to overlook Youri Tielemans in favour of Premier League alternative

Arsenal are set to make a Deadline Day move to sign Douglas Luiz from Aston Villa, seemingly turning our backs on a move to sign Leicester’s Youri Tielemans.

The Gunners were believed to have made contact with the Belgian’s entourage earlier in 2022, and with his contract having entered into the final 12 months, it seemed near-certain that we were to try our hand at striking a deal for his signature, but after months of speculation, we now look set to look elsewhere.

Villa’s Luiz is the latest name to emerge as a target, and The Sun claims that we are set to unleash an offer of around £25 Million today.

With our growing injury list, Luiz should fit the mould of exactly what we need, with a more defensive-minded option in the middle exactly what should be needed. As much as I like Youri, he does like to get forwards, and it would be a shame to force him to sit back, whilst Xhaka is currently enjoying his more free role in our side this term also.

I’d be very happy if we did land the former Man City star, and it seems as though this could well get done today.



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  1. Both Douglas Luiz and Tielemans are pretty average to me, we should be signing players that improve the team, Frankie de joong and Savic come to mind.

    Maybe the gaffer can get a tune out of Luiz so will just wait and see.

    1. There are times when you are obliged to bring in players at short notice to cover injuries for example when the desire for “improving the team” becomes secondary.In this case however,the need for defensive midfield cover has been evident for some time and ought to have been addressed ere now.Luis is better than “average” imo , and has a bite in his play which is essential in a defensive midfield role.I like him,and for circa 20m he would be good value for money in the current market.

      1. Well said Granddad….. Luis is above average but matter what the club is trying to do, some fans still will never be satisfied…… We have been glamoring for cdm since and we are targeting a player that fit the exact profile of the dm some are staying complaining and calling the Brazilian national team dm average…. Get this one for us Gunners and I would be over the moon…..COYG…

    2. We must first know the position we want to strengthen. Frankie and Savic ain’t defensive midfielders. We have so many players to play in their (Frankie and Savic) position.

  2. Yes, I don’t see Tielemans or especially Luiz improve the team, just add depth.

    Letting Bellerin go for free once again to let Barcelona make profit on him next summer. Unbelievable.

    1. Was just fuming about it…They got Auba for free..We had to pay him 8M to fuck off..Now they selling him 10M plus Alonso…And we just sat down on and decided…Yeah Let’s give em Hector too
      As much as i like Edu…His selling sense seems a tad dull to me…

  3. Douglas Luiz has ps poor passing stats. He is tough but not creative in any way whatsoever. Tielemans is WAY better

    1. He isn’t being recruited to offer a creative element
      in midfield but more critically to provide defensive
      cover to the back 4. DL brings a nastiness and bite
      to the middle of the pitch that is still sorely lacking
      in the first team.

      For what Arsenal ACTUALLY need in midfield DL would
      be a shrewd acquisition for the money.

      1. He is not what we need. He would weaken the structure of the team. He never ‘did’ it for Villa and won’t do it for us.

      2. ACE

        He is not what we need. He would weaken the structure of the team. He never ‘did’ it for Villa and won’t do it for us.

        1. “never did it”? He’s been one of the 1st names on the Villa team sheet since transferring there. He has a wealth of Prem experience 107 apps not to mention the 38 La liga apps and 11 Serie A/14 Serie B. Used to play for city so has had some kind of experience in the positional style we want to play even if he did spend his time on loan due to work-permit issues, they wouldn’t of just left him without things to work on in that regard. Still just 24, 1 year on contract so cheap. He’s a set play specialist as well so that is a bonus. What is not to like? He fits the need to replace Elneny. Without the injury I suspect we’d of waited till January or next summer to buy a DM but here we are.

  4. Patrick, I’d be glad too if we can get Luiz.
    Not a great signing, but one that is necessary under the circumstances.
    Not Partey’s grade, but not far below Elneny’s. So a good squad player to have.
    Villa already planning to replace him with Wolves’ Dendonker
    Please make it happen.

    1. With respect, I feel Luis would be an upgrade on Elneny. Lokonga acquitted himself very well yesterday and with the more defensive minded Luis on board we should have all the midfield based covered.

      1. Don’t forget Patino is out loan this year, high hopes for him in that role. With Luiz/Lokonga/Azeez all on our books the future of that position would look pretty solid behind Partey perhaps signalling Lokonga is going to be thought of as more of an 8 going forwards.

  5. I hope this doesn’t mean Arsenal will not fully get all our needed signings. Till now the window has been good. Edu now has a whole day to screw it up through complacency. Our whole season dependent on today. The hero Edu may not be the savior he should be.

  6. I do not believe he has screwed up at all. If getting the players that Arteta wants was that simple i think it would have been done. Top class players play in top class clubs and are simply not available because the club will not sell. Good players can be had but for money that seems far greater than their worth to the club. If you believe Tielemans was worth £25 million so be it, but Arteta did not and he was never coming to us. Many other fan desirables were also never coming. Players in general tend to move because they think it will enhance their careers, win trophies and/or money. Its relatively simple to understand why teams like Man City and Liverpool do not have problems signing players as they offer all three of the reasons for moving.

  7. Well done on passing on Tielemans. Douglas Luiz if it gets across the line is a great signing. Solid DM who will work hard to recover the ball. I don’t think his passing is anything fancy, but it’s fine if he doesn’t tick every single box. He is an upgrade on Elneny, a good age, and has good experience. Let’s get this one across the line. I’ll feel very good about going into the season after this. Last piece of the puzzle is Marquinhos pulling our pants down and being a top player 😭

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