Is Ruben Neves the answer to Arsenal’s midfield puzzle?

Although he is underappreciated, Thomas Partey’s work in the Arsenal midfield is crucial to everything the team does. Partey’s defensive contribution and the linkup he does between the attack and defence help Arsenal dominate game after game.

Arteta’s midfield is in good hands, but given his injury history, one has to wonder if Partey will be able to stay fully fit for the rest of the season. That is not a given. So, who replaces him if he is injured in the coming days?

Mohammed Elneny and Sambi Lokonga can, but we can all agree they can’t fully fill Partey’s shoes. With Lokonga or Elneny, Xhaka is forced to abandon his attacking duties in favour of assisting in defensive midfield duties.

The only effective way to find a replacement for Thomas Partey is to recruit.

A number of Premier League midfielders have been linked with a move to the Emirates, but Youri Tielemans and Ruben Neves remain constants on Arsenal’s radar. The two are arguably the best midfielders in the Premier League.

For Tielemans, Arteta could have easily signed him by now, but why he hasn’t when his contract expires this summer and he’s been available for more than half his true value remains a mystery.

Neves, on the other hand, commands a high fee, as the Express once reported, revealing Arsenal’s intentions for the Portuguese midfielder. But, with 18 months left on his contract at Molinuex, the time is slowly approaching for his suitor to get him on the cheap.

Arsenal may hope to be the ones to present Neves with his “next challenge,” but they must act quickly or be prepared to compete with Liverpool for his signature, according to the Mirror.

Ruben Neves, according to Jurgen Klopp, could be the man to save his struggling midfield.

Arsenal fans will be hoping that, unlike their previous failed pursuits of Joao Felix and Mykhailo Mudryk, a deal for Neves will be completed.

Daniel O


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  1. Wolves will not sell him in this window as they are in a relegation battle. If he left they could easily go down and lose a hundred million quid.

  2. Ruben Neves is a necessary signing, we should make.
    But with Wolves flirting with relegation it maybe difficult to pull off

  3. Ok, I just saw something from the Shakhtar CEO
    He talked about Arsenal having unrealistic clauses in their offer like Mudryk winning the Ballon d’or
    He also said Arsenal were not respectful enough for Arteta Zinchenko and Edu talking directly with Mudryk for over 1 and a half month before obtaining permission from the club unlike Chelsea

    1. Yeah sounds a bit BS to me, Shakhtar CEO just watering down the fact that they chose the money.

      If what he said was completely true, they wouldn’t have made any business with Arsenal.

      1. They know people are side eyeing them , because it was all about 💰. When has a CEO followed a player around his new club so much? The club has gone to such lengths to explain where they are using the money. I’m happy that Arsenal has stayed classy and moved on while they are still explaining themselves to anyone who cares to listen.

  4. Neves would be a very good signing and I would put him ahead Tielemens in preference. PL experience, deeplying playmaking no.8, can also play as a no.10 or no.6, scores from distance and does the defensive side of the game better than Tielemens. Only negative is not very mobile but that can be compensated with a good football brain and smart positioning. I’d say £40M-£45M gets it done and whilst we are at it snatch Trossard from Brighton, that is two experienced signings who can hit the ground running and help this title charge.

    Go for Declan Rice in the summer transfer window, Patino returns from loan and that is the Midfield sorted for the next two seasons at least

  5. I’d much rather pay more and sign Declan Rice in the midfield. IMHO Rice is a level above Neves and already has chemistry with our English players; especially in defense.

    Would be a good move for short and long term signing Rice.

  6. Youri Tielemans and Ruben Navas are not the best midfielders in the Premier League. Also not Declan Rice. I won’t even put them in the top 10. Stop this rubbish. I’m pretty sure Arteta can get much, much better ones for better fees. A lot of EPL players are ridiculously over rated and over inflated. If media pundits and football fans set the price for players to buy, the EPL will go bankrupt in a few years.

    1. If you think there are at least 10 better midfield players than Rice in the Premier League, with the utmost respect,your knowledge of the game is decidedly limited.

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