Arsenal take on Italian giants in battle for box-to-box midfielder

You can add another name to the long list of midfielders being targeted by Arsenal in their quest to find a successor to Aaron Ramsey.

According to the latest transfer speculation, Arsenal has made contact with Italian outfit Sampdoria in regards to their midfielder Jordan Veretout.

It had been assumed that Veretout would be joining Fiorentina’s Serie A rivals Napoli who have been in discussions with the Frenchman for some time now.

However, that has not put Arsenal off thus the eleventh-hour bid to snatch the player from under the noses of the Serie A runners up.

Veretout is seen as the ideal replacement for the departed Ramsey, he is a box to box midfielder in the same mould as the Welshman and was regarded as one of the best players for Fiorentina last season.

The 26-year-old has previously played in English football with Aston Villa but that stint was a failure, he has, however, been a completely different player since his move to Italy.

Roma and Seville are said to be keen on his signature and while no fee has been mentioned he is not expected to come too cheaply.

And apart from the fact that Napoli has almost signed him, there is also the issue with Champions League football. By all accounts, Veretout is keen on playing in Europe’s elite competition next season.

So, there you have it, Arsenal want to sign a player that is apparently very similar to Aaron Ramsey in style following a decent season but I do have some issues with this potential signing.

For starters, he managed just five goals and three assists last season, hardly inspiring and I cannot ignore the fact that he has failed in English football once before.

I am not saying he will not be a success for us but I just find him too risky a proposition, he simply does not give me the required confidence.



  1. S says:

    Why are we being linked with every sampdoria player just because torreira played for them…

  2. John0711 says:

    The problem with a continuous repetition of articles produced by the media Is that leads to a disinterest in any quality articles generated by the author

    1. S says:

      And this one lied. Samp never had veretout in their ranks, he is currently a fiorentina player.

  3. gotanidea says:

    Another unimpressive-looking CM like Praet. I bet they want another workhorse in the middle like Ramsey and Edgar Davids

    If Praet or Veretout can be as aggressive and dominant as Vieira, then attacking stats would no longer matter. Arsenal have tireless midfielders in Guendouzi and Torreira, but I think they need a faster one that can press the opponents quickly

    I hope both targets have good close control like Cazorla, otherwise Arsenal had better chase the more attacking midfielder like Pablo Sarabia

  4. Thomaskelly says:

    How did xhaha play like today some say he played well

    1. Sue says:

      I didn’t see all of it, but what I saw wasn’t great – getting booked.. giving away free kicks in dangerous areas.. just the norm then ?

      1. jon fox says:

        I did watch it all Sue and he was as bad as always, giving the ball away and just not being mobile at all. He is ponderous, one paced(slow), unaware of what is going on with opponents and all he has is power and a hard shot. CAN’T WAIT TO SEE HIM SOLD which I think the club would like to do, dependent on who comes in and for how much. He was a rank bad buy and it is long since time we should not suffer more of him.

  5. Maj says:

    Before he returned to Liverpol to torment all the other teams the writer of this article would have considered Mo Saleh a failure too.

    1. ozziegunner says:

      A good example Maj and one could also mention Kevin de Bruin who supposedly “failed” at Chelsea before moving to Manchester City.
      Unfortunately the “names” that many people on here want are unattainable for Arsenal because of money or lack of Champions League. Arsenal has to try and meet their needs by finding unpolished gems or youth from South America, Africa, Europe or lower ranked teams or the lower leagues in the UK. South America and Africa can be problematic due to work visa issues.

  6. Lisa says:

    Alex Iwobi is hands down the most criticized player in the entire squad. At times, he does warrant the criticism he gets, but many times, it is taken too far. Many fail to realize that he does have huge potential and could yet turn into an excellent player.

    Iwobi is one of the few players in the squad that will actually take a defender on and try to create something forcefully if the game is not going his way. He has quick feet, smart passing, and excellent creativity and vision.

    The Nigerian has stated that his favored position is actually in the middle of the park, so maybe now that this Ramsey conundrum needs solving, he will get his chance to play in his preferred position.

    1. Sean Williams says:

      Veretout would be a total waste of time. If we want a Ramsey clone there is one. James Maddison is his name. He’s young, will increase in value and would be an investment. BUT, Kroenke will not spend money even to invest in players who will grow value

  7. Grandad says:

    Apart from one good effort on goal Xhaka was ineffective and was guilty of numerous fouls some of which were in dangerous areas.The two best players on the park were the Liverpool duo of Alexander Arnold and the very impressive Gomez.He is vastly superior to any of the Arsenal centre backs.

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