Arsenal still setting their sights high in midfield revamp – Tchouameni anyone?

Mikel Arteta is winning the 2023 summer transfer window. With the backing of the club, the Spaniard has managed to acquire his top targets, and the feeling is that’s not stopping him. He wants to spend more.

Once it’s confirmed that Declan Rice is a Gunner, there’s no denying his arrival, and the earlier addition of Kai Havertz makes Arsenal’s midfield the best in the league and probably also in Europe.

Arteta’s strongest midfield set-up could be a Rice-Havertz-Odegaard midfield, and you might think Arteta is content with that; well, he’s not. As per Transfersdotcom, the Spaniard is still keen on bringing on board another classy midfielder. They say Arteta is eager to sign either one of Romeo Lavia or Moises Caicedo, and interestingly, if he fails to do so, he will make a move for Real Madrid’s Auerilien Tchouameni.

As a Gooner taking in such news, you would no doubt be praying that moves for Lavia and Caicedo fail so that a move for Tchoumeni can be pushed. Tchouameni is the real deal; if I were Arteta, I’d pick him over the other midfield options to follow Rice and Havertz’s signings.

Imagine Arteta’s option of playing Tchouameni and Rice as a double pivot or one for the other; the Gunners’ midfield would be unmatched.

Anyway, can Arsenal manage to pull off a Tchouameni swoop? Is there anyone Arteta has tried to sign that he hasn’t?

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  1. Not gonna happen given that he would cost north of 80M. I don’t see Arsenal spending over 300M in one transfer window but I would be thrilled if it happens.

  2. A bit of a pipe dream but who knows..
    Tchouameni is a quality player who will find his first team opportunities limited with Bellingham, Valverde and Camavinga vying for position.
    We would need to sell before we could sign anyone – probably won’t happen though if I am honest.

  3. An unrealistic but beautiful dream. What a dreamteam! Rice and Ödegård in front of Tchouameni, and with Saliba and Gabriel dos Santos protecting Ramsdale and his goal posts. Who would be afraid of the babyblues from M-chester?

  4. Surely sheer finance will put the kibosh on this tempting fantasy!

    Tchouameni IS a top drawer player but he ain’t a comin’ to us my friends, albeit a sad reality.

  5. Depends if current targets pull through.If not sales would determine if it was to happen as would be expensive as Caicedo.But the good news is the ambition is there.We’re acting like a club with their big boy pants on.After all.We are THE ARSENAL!

  6. Odegaard, Rice and Havertz is a disaster waiting to happen, anyone watches Everton vs Arsenal see exactly my point, Onana outmuscled us, there is one instance where Onana easily brushes aside leaving him on his box side. Havertz has to play further up or in a rotation with Odegaard.

    That midfield three has to have another robust midfielder like Partey or Tchouameni which the writer mention.
    But Arsenal could pull off a master stroke by bringing in Tchouameni from Real Madrid on a loan with obligation to buy, the idea is not far fetched and I will tell you why.

    Signing for Real Madrid is one of the greatest dreams a young footballer can have, while the signing for Real can be a dream the reality can be quite different, Camavinga, Caballos, Matin, Doctor, Ambas, Paz ,Modric, Valverde and the very recent joining of Bellingham for big money signing, mean the already struggling Tchouameni for game time is only going to get worst for the young Frenchman.

  7. I don’t think we need any more midfield signings if we complete the Rice deal and keep the duo of Xhaka and Partey. I’d love us to keep them, at least for next season, so as to maintain the stability of that midfield.

  8. They wouldn’t sell unless we offered something really crazy – not 80m, more like 200m – and I don’t see why he’d want to leave.

    1. He played in 50 games for them last season, despite the competition (I’m sure a lot was from the bench, but he’s been heavily involved), and was signed for 80m+ (so I can’t see them selling for similar amount just 1 year later). I strongly believe he’s seen as the future of their midfield, alongside camavinga and now Bellingham (and it will undoubtedly be a great midfield in the future) – they’re just going to transition them in as modric and kroos start to decline, which was clearly happening last season.

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