Arsenal turn their attention to 17 year-old Raphinha replacement

Reports in Turkey claim that Arsenal are now ready to bring Arda Guler in from Fenerbahce after missing out on Raphinha, with Chelsea and Barcelona now expected to battle it out for the Leeds forward.

We were believed to be keen on securing the signature of the Brazilian before the Blues swept in to agree a fee with his current club, and we are now on the lookout for alternative options.

Turkish outet Aksam claims that we have already begun transfer proceedings to bring him to the Emirates this summer, with the 17 year-old having thoroughly impressed in his breakthrough campaign, with three goals and five assists from his 14 senior appearances.

The wonderkid has been likened to Mesut Ozil due to his playing style and links to Fenerbahce, and his name will bring mixed reactions from fans who witnessed the former Arsenal star’s demise, but there is no disputing the talent that Ozil possessed.

It remains to be seen if Arda’s signing would end our efforts to strengthen on the wings, or whether he will be viewed as a future hope that will need to be patient and wait for minutes, but the fact that he is left-footed and prefers to play either through the middle or on the right would fit a similar mould of our former target.

Would you expect Arsenal to add a more experienced forward still if we was to secure a deal for the young Turkish star?


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  1. Smh… 17, Fenerbache and Ozil all in one article.

    Me thinks this isn’t (hopes) gonna happen.

  2. Nothing wrong in bringing Guler as a prospect for the future, he can as well be at @Arsenal academy if he does well he can be drafted to the senior team, we still have Patino and Balogun coming through. @Arsenal needs Cody Gakpo that Leeds united wants to use as replacement for Raphinha, Cody Gakpo is even better than Raphinha, for goals and Assists, @Arsenal needs Christopher Nkunku, a player with the highest Assists and goals in Europe. Established players like Tielemans, Diaby, Bowen, Antonio etc

  3. Typical Arsenal story ….. start off chasing real game but end up in strange places

    This 17-year could turn out to be some good business no doubt. But having him as a Raphinha replacement raises lots of questions as to where we really want to go.

    Just praying that Martinez doesn’t get snapped from our grasp as we prepare our 23rd bid for him….

  4. I’m getting tired of all the links to green, unproven teenagers.

    After the extremely disappointing January transfer window, we were led to believe that this summer would be extra special; that we would be armed an ready to recruit top players; that we would be using the humongous savings in wages (following the exit of deadwood including PEA and Laca) to rebuild the squad into a real championship contender.

    But based on what we have seen so far, my overall verdict, except for Jesus, UNDERWHELMING.

    We didn’t compete for Bissouma, couldn’t compete for Raphinha, couldn’t pull the trigger for Tielemans. And now, we are twisting ourselves into a pretzel to sign the over-priced Martinez – a player we do not need.

    This, it seems, was the clear plan!

  5. Although I prefer buying in talent and developing it, 17 is a bit too young.

    Presumably he’s one for the future not a genuine Raphinha alternative.

  6. I think we dodged a bullet with Raphinia – he seems obsessed with Barcelona for some reason, maybe doesn’t realise they are potless.

  7. Very talented, but Arsenal first team would be a huge step for him to make a quick impact. Like many others, would be one for the future.

  8. Very good thought by Mikel and Edu. If the lad plays first team football for, Fener, then he can deputize for Saka for the EL and league cups. Bargain buy, no risk and will do well under the tutelage of Mikel the Transfomator. My only worry is that thelad shared the dressing room with our golden boy so he could have seen a lot of politics

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