‘Arteta admires’ – ‘Opportunity’ to land proven PL target boosted

Arsenal have been urged to follow up in their interest in signing Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans, ruling out a move by Liverpool this month.

The Belgian midfielder has proved to be a consistent performer in the top English division, showing his skills as a clinical goal-scorer, a big-game player and a player who can play a number of roles in midfield.

Our club on the other-hand was forced to name two relatively inexperienced players in central midfield on Sunday due to absences for various reasons, and will surely have been forced to reassess their options in the current window, and reports of Youri’s availability should surely be of interest to the club, especially with manager Mikel Arteta reported to be keen.

“I do know that Arteta admires Tielemans, so it is just one to watch to see if it gathers pace over the coming two or three weeks,” Jacobs told the Gooner Talk podcast.

On the reported interest from Jurgen Klopp’s side, he added: “He was speculatively linked with Liverpool a few months back, and there’s no truth in that whatsoever.”

“Liverpool are not interested in him, no bid, not looking at him. Definitely not on their radar for January.

“But I don’t see Tielemans staying at Leicester, and if they want a fee for him, somebody has the opportunity to come in for him in January with a big offer and try and wrestle him. He wants to stay in the Premier League.”

Depending on the price, Arsenal have to consider the option of signing Tielemans from Leicester. His contract situation surely means that his club will have to consider an offer for his signature, with just over a season left to run on his current terms.

Would Tielemans be an instant starter for Arsenal when all our players return to availability? Does anyone believe he wouldn’t be a good signing?

Patrick

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9 Comments

  1. PJ-SA says:

    Who would he start in place of?

    1. Eric Blinks says:

      He will keep Xhaka on the bench and out of the club permanently. Very classy and solid Central midfielder. He has always been my number 1 choice for central midfield. Him and Gundogan are the best in CM in the EPL currently. Nobody comes close.

      Ps. I still see Kante as a CDM and not a CM.

  2. NY_Gunner says:

    Should have gotten him years ago. Solid midfielder….

  3. gunnerforlife says:

    Class midfielder and a quality player with proven PL experience, cant ask for more. Arsenal must sign him asap. For me clearly he is the best amongst all other targets.

    1. PJ-SA says:

      Who does he replace in the starting line up? MA doesn’t really rotate his squad at all for EPL so who sits bench?

      He won’t sign for a club he’ll sit bench at.

      1. Eric Blinks says:

        Stop this your illusion of who will he bench. Do Arsenal even have a midfielder. He starts with Partey all day long. Nobody in our current squad comes close to him as a CM. The only true CM we currently have is Xhaka. Elneny, Partey, Lokonga are just CDMs who sometimes masquerade as CM. They will never be effective in the role. Lokonga should be Partey’s understudy. He is not a CM. He might claim to be one but he lacks the requisite skills to play for a club as big as Arsenal in that role.

        1. PJ-SA says:

          Call it an illusion all you want, but I’ve seen no evidence that Xhaka would be benched for anyone.

          I think you are getting confused son. Partey is a box2box midfielder so we actually need a proper DM and Tielemans is not a DM. If Partey is still asked to play DM then he’d be asked to replace Xhaka and like I said, probably not happening.

  4. gunnerforlife says:

    How many of our current midfielders have the quality and class of Tielemans? He can score and also good at defending and tracks back consistently. He should just walk into the Arsenal team and the midfield should be built around him so the question of who he will replace does not arise. If Arteta has a certain bias and favours certain players than even Ronaldo and Messi will find it difficult to make our starting XI, the quality of the player should be the paramount factor in his selection in the starting XI.

  5. Tony says:

    The Lad is very consistent.. We should grab him.

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