Douglas Luiz vs Yves Bissouma: pundit advises Arsenal which midfielder to sign

Noel Whelan has urged Arsenal to sign Yves Bissouma instead of Douglas Luiz in the summer as they are continuously linked with a move for both players.

The Gunners could allow Mohamed Elneny to leave for free at the end of this season and Albert Sambi Lokonga has been a bad signing.

With Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka as the only players who can reliably play in defensive midfield, Mikel Arteta needs a new man in that role.

Luiz has been linked with a move to the Emirates since last summer and the Brazilian has continued to do well at Aston Villa, but is he better than Bissouma?

The Malian plays for Brighton and he is also one of the finest midfielders in the Premier League at the moment.

He would do a job at the Emirates and former Leeds United man, Whelan, believes he is a much better player to sign than Luiz.

He tells Football Insider: “I think Bissouma is a much better player.

“He’s been more consistent, he’s got more energy than Douglas Luiz.

“Bissouma, for me, is one that I think Arsenal would love to have in their side.

“I think Arsenal would be better off going straight for the jugular and trying to beat Villa for Bissouma – because in my opinion, he offers a lot more.”

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Bissouma is also more attractive because he would likely cost us less than Luiz, considering his current deal expires in 2023.

Villa also wants him, but they might have to sell Luiz before landing the former Lille man, which means we have the chance to complete his transfer early.

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  1. I agree, but the club should wait to see what happens to Bissouma’s sexual assault case first.

  2. We don’t need a physical DM,all we need is a player with vision,great passer,presser and precise shooting; Tielemans please.

    1. If these are your criteria, then you’re saying we need a deep lying playmaker. Ruben Neves fits perfectly

      1. dgr8xt when we got linked with Neves last summer majority of people on here didn’t want him what I read often was he’s no better than xhaka lol

  3. Arteta is desperate, he knows he cannot win with Partey , Tierney, and Tomiyasu out. Got to live with Soures and Tuvares. Xhaka has to play holding. I have not idea what Arteta is thinking. What I like is that he is only keeping quality players, but only that he gets along with. Players don’t want to play for him. Two good signings. Maybe next year. I pray to God, give me patience-now!

  4. Bissouma has got assault charges against him, so his character doesnt sound good. That said, I feel Renato Sanchez is the man we should go after, he has got allround abilities that will perfectly suit Arsenal.

  5. We are very poor without the ball. Only Partey wins back the ball in our team.
    In Man City and Liverpool, all their midfielders win back possession. We need a physical (and also technical) presence in our midfield.

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