Former Arsenal star, Paul Merson has backed the Gunners’ pursuit of Ruben Neves and says the midfielder will thrive at a top club.
The Portugal star has been a standout performer in the Premier League in the last few seasons.
His contributions have made Wolves one of the hardest clubs to beat and they have threatened to gatecrash the top-four party frequently.
He has interest from several clubs around the continent and Merson believes this could be his last season at the Molineux.
He said via Express Sport: “I don’t see him being at Wolves next season.
“Where do you want to go? He could play at Arsenal in their midfield, Manchester United, he could.”
Just Arsenal Opinion
Our current midfield is brimming with exciting talents with the likes of Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe, proving that age is just a number.
They are still developing and can call on the experienced heads of Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka for guidance.
However, the best clubs always improve their squad, and that makes a move for Neves sensible.
If we add his quality to the current group, we could challenge for the league title sooner than we expect.
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Good passing ability and scores goals from midfield but lacks physicality. I think he would be better suited as a n.10 which is not a priority for us, plus his contract has 3yrs left so Wolves will ask upwards of £40M. I would prefer us to target Neuhaus or Ruiz who I believe would be better value for money.
I’m not sure Ruben Nevez is right for Arsenal at the moment He’s OK, but I just get the feeling he might not fit well and end up being expensive and underwhelming.
The prime reason why I have never taken this constant Neves rumour seriously , is that MA is pledged to only bring in REAL TOP CLASS buys this summer, while Neves, though definitely a decent player, is plainly not in the category of import that would make a massive upgrade in our midfield.
I am certain that MA wants only TOP QUALITY, not mere numbers, even though they may be merely decent quality, to add to our squad. I realise some will disagree and think Neves the “bees knees.”
But some are only too willing and even keen to overhype half decent players. I prefer sober reality.
“Top Quality” players join Top Quality teams and Arsenal ain,t a Top Quality team ,sorry.
Get off here you Spud.
You stink and we can smell you from afar.
Ruben is a good player and will get better not bad to add to the squad if the price is right but Fabian Ruiz is the real deal and is the exact type of player to partner Partey he will lift that entire defense third.
If Arsenal were to sign Fabin Ruiz a transformation would be instant Ben White , Odegaard, Partey all would look suddenly better, Just like when Man City sign that Dias guy in their back line it improve John Stone and the rest.
Just imagine adding Fabian Ruiz and Martinez from Inter to Arsenal squad in the summer